Apple introduced the fall detection feature on its Apple Watch series 4 in 2018 and since then it has already saved the life of an English man who was involved in a car accident.
The feature relies on built-in sensors that are able to detect if the wearer has fallen. It then taps the person on the wrist, sounds an alarm and displays an alert. If the wearer remains unresponsive, the watch will send out a location message to emergency services requesting for assistance.
It appears as though the feature has come to the rescue once again, this time for an unconscious man in Phoenix, Arizona.
According to reports from KTAR, emergency services were called to a suburb in Phoenix, Arizona after receiving a computer-generated voice message alerting them to the fact that someone had fallen and was unresponsive. The voice message left by the Apple Watch was able to provide EMT’s the exact latitude and longitude coordinates of the man’s location.
When EMT’s arrived at the location sent to them by the watch, they discovered a man who had fainted and collapsed. Thankfully, there are no reports of the man sustaining life-threatening injuries after he collapsed.
“He would never have been able to provide us his location or any information on what was going on,” dispatch supervisor Adriana Cacciola told KTAR. “He wasn’t even aware that any help was coming until we were already there.”
“Technology is there to help, especially if there is an emergency this could save someone’s life and that’s what we are looking for — is to help when you can’t tell us what you need,” Cacciola said.
This life-saving feature is enabled by default for users over 60 years old, however, people of all ages are encouraged to enable this feature as it could potentially be a life saver.
Take a look at the video below to see how you can enable this feature: