Apple Watch's fall detection function saves a 92-year-old man who fell from a ladder


Apple Watch Series 4 or later has a fall detection function, but it is reported that a 92-year-old man has survived his life.

According to media KETV in Nebraska, Jim Salsman, a local farmer, climbed a 21-foot ladder to “protect the grain boxes from pigeons” last month. At that time, a gust blew and was stable until I moved the ladder 2 feet (60 cm), but it also fell.

Mrs. Salsman, struck on the ground, tried to roll towards a truck that was parked hundreds of feet away, but that was no match. So he thought of using Siri of Apple Watch and said, “Hey Siri, Jim Salsman was seriously injured on the farm.”

Whether or not Sir hears such a voice command, the fall detection function of the Apple Watch worked without the person’s knowledge, and an emergency call had already been sent to the local fire station. The officers reportedly responded to it and found Salsman using GPS.

The fall detection function of Apple Watch detects the fall of the wearer with the built-in sensor, and if there is no movement for one minute after that, contact the emergency service. In addition, it performs operations such as sending a message with the wearer’s location information to the registered emergency contact information (such as relatives). That is, the “GPS” mentioned above is also probably the location information transmitted by Apple Watch.

Salsman, who was brought to the hospital, was treated for a hip joint and other fractures, and is recovering at a rehabilitation facility at the time of writing the article one month later. He thanked Apple Watch, saying, “If I didn’t have this watch, I would have died before someone found me.”

The fall detection function once tells the first responder (a non-medical worker who receives first aid until he/she takes over to the ambulance) the exact position of a man who has fallen from a cliff and has a broken back or a man who fainted and fell. Was saved. However, this function is off by default, and it will be automatically enabled only when you set your age on Apple Watch or in the Healthcare app, and you are 65 or older. Otherwise, you’ll need to manually enable it from the Watch app on your iPhone.

In iOS 13.5, which was delivered in May, the function of medical ID (which allows you to register your own medical information) has also been improved, and medical data will be automatically shared when an emergency call is made in the corresponding area. If the ECG (electrocardiogram) function was provided in Japan as was rumored, the Apple Watch will become an even more reliable lifeline.