Amidst the horror of last night’s terrorist attacks in Paris emerges an unlikely hero – a Samsung smartphone.
A man, who nearly became a victim of Friday’s terrible atrocities, claims his mobile phone saved his life.
Speaking to iTele, the individual – known only as Sylvestre – described how his Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge protected his head against shrapnel from a nearby explosion.
“…I was crossing the street and straight away, boom, it exploded right in front of me,” he explains. “Everything was blown to bits and I felt stuff flying around and I left, I fell, and then I got back up.”
Sylvestre showed off the destroyed handset to cameras, revealing a smashed screen and a huge dent on the rear.
“This is the cell phone that took the hit,” he said. “It’s what saved me.”
The man added: “Otherwise my head would have been blown to bits. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”
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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a gadget providing vital help in a time of crisis.
Earlier this year, an 18-year-old survived a near-tragic accident after using Apple’s voice-activiated digital assistant – Siri – to alert emergency services.
Sam Ray became trapped under 5,000lbs of metal when a truck he was repairing fell on him.
However, he was able to yell ‘Call 911!’ to Siri, which resulted in a phone call that led emergency services to Ray’s exact location.
Have you ever had a lucky break thanks to technology? Tell us about it in the comments.
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