The Apple Watch, as well as some other good smartwatch models, is gaining market share. Besides the trivial, these devices even want to be vigilant of the user’s vital signs. As we know, and as we have seen, Apple’s watch has been vital in many cases of accidents alerted by technology.
The fall detection of the Apple Watch helped save the life of a 92-year-old farmer after falling down a ladder.
Apple Watch back to watch over human life
In addition to monitoring your heart rate and keeping an eye on stress, your Apple Watch has a system that detects drops. Several people have already been saved by this feature.
So it is this particularity that is receiving the bonus of having alerted the emergency services after a 92-year-old farmer fell down a ladder.
As reported by the local TV channel, KETV, from Nebraska, Jim Salsman fell down his ladder and “would have died” without the help of his Apple Watch.
Last month, Salsman climbed a 20-foot ladder to put a container in his loft. According to the man, the ladder would be well placed, but a gust of wind unbalanced the farmer and the fall was inevitable.
It was just a stupid mistake on my part.
When he hit the ground, he still tried to reach his vehicle, parked a few hundred yards from the scene.
No longer without strength, Salman was only able to use Siri to call for help. However, he did not realize that the fall detection feature had already taken action and sent an alert to The Grant Volunteer Fire Department.
Hey Siri, Jim Salsman’s badly injured on Thursday.
Salsman’s words to Apple’s virtual assistant.
Apple’s crash-detection system had sent the distress alert, and with directions provided by the watch’s GPS, firefighters were already on their way.
As soon as firefighters arrived, Salsman was taken to the hospital and treated for a hip fracture, as well as other injuries.
Later, about a month later, the farmer is still recovering in a rehabilitation hospital in Nebraska. In addition to this misfortune, the man was also inhibited from visits, as a result of the pandemic of COVID-19.
As it was said, most likely the man might not have received help in time if it wasn’t for the Apple Watch alert.
If I didn’t have this watch, I think I’d be dead before anyone missed me.
How does it work?
If your Apple Watch Series 4 or Series 5 detects a serious drop while you’re using your watch, it alerts you when it vibrates, sets an alarm, and displays a warning. You can choose to contact emergency services or close the warning by pressing the Digital Crown, tap Close in the upper left corner, or tap “I’m fine”.
If your Apple Watch detects you’re on the go, you’ll expect it to respond to the alert and won’t automatically contact emergency services. If the watch detects that it has been inert for about a minute, it will make the call automatically.
When the call is over, the watch sends a message to your emergency contacts with your location. In this way, they will know that the watch has detected a serious fall and that it has come into contact with the emergency services. The watch obtains emergency contacts from your Medical Record.
Thus, it is very important to fill in these data from the Average sheet.
Turn drop detection on or off
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab.
- Tap emergency SOS.
- Turn Fall Detection on or off.
If you entered your age when you set up your Apple Watch or in the Health app, and if your age is 65 or older, this feature is turned on automatically.
Despite being a keen feature, Apple warns that the Apple Watch can’t detect all the drops. However, the more active it is, the easier it can activate fall detection, due to activities that might resemble one.