February 5, 2019 | 12:07pm | Updated February 5, 2019 | 12:18pm
One of the more interesting things about the Apple Watch is how the narrative behind the wearable has seemingly done a 180. Early on, the Apple Watch was positioned as something of a fashion accessory. Remember, for instance, the outrageously expensive Apple Watch Edition? Today, in sharp contrast, Apple prefers to tout the device as a fitness tracker and health monitor.
Over the last few months, we’ve seen quite a few stories involving the heart rate monitor on the Apple Watch being used to detect potentially life-threatening health conditions. Indeed, it’s no exaggeration to say that the Apple Watch has helped save numerous lives at this point. And now comes word that the fall detection feature first introduced on the Apple Watch Series 4 has started saving lives as well.
According to a report from NRK, a 67-year old from Norway named Toralv Østvang credits his Apple Watch with saving his life. The story is that Østvang experienced a serious fall in his bathroom, whereupon his Apple Watch automatically contacted rescue personnel. Recall that the Apple Watch, upon detecting a fall, will send a message to local emergency services — along with information regarding your location — if it detects that a user has been immobile for a full minute following a fall.
About a half-hour after the fall, rescue workers arrived and found Østvang lying on his bathroom floor, unconscious and bloody. Østvang also sustained three facial fractures in the accident.
The fall detection feature on the Apple Watch is obviously geared toward older folks and, as a result, is off by default unless a user happens to be 65 or older.