Apple Watch Series 4 was launched last month with a range of new health features, hitherto unseen on any other smartwatch or wearable device so far. With features like ECG/EKG, Fall Detection, AFib detection and more, the Apple Watch Series 4 can be a really great accessory for users who are conscious about their health.
According to a report in Swedish publication Aftonbladet , Apple Watch Series 4's Fall Detection feature saved the life of one Gustavo Rodriguez. According to the publication, Mr. Rodriguez suffered acute back pain while in his kitchen, resulting in him collapsing on the floor.
With his phone away in another room, Rodriguez managed to call his Mother in Law from the Apple Watch, who then arrived and turned the stove off. Rodriguez had to be taken to a nearby hospital to get a morphine shot to ease the pain.
'Gustavo, 34, suffered a sudden back injury and fell paralyzed to the kitchen floor. 'It felt like someone pushed a knife into my back,' he says. Luckily, his watch responded.
On Friday, Gustavo Rodriguez stood by the stove as usual and cooked food. Suddenly he felt strange tension in his back and it became increasingly difficult to move the body. Gustavo tried not to think about it. 'But then I moved the frying pan and it just hit me. It felt like someone pushed a knife into my back, says Gustavo.
He fell to the floor. The pain was so strong that everything went black. He could not move. Then the watch chimed and asked 'Do you want to call 112?'. 'My Apple Watch had sensed the fall and wondered if it should make an emergency call,' said Gustavo.
While the ECG feature is yet to arrive, the latest Apple Watch comes with Fall Detection feature enabled out of the box. Thanks to a next generation accelerometer and gyroscope, coupled with Apple's algorithms, the new Watch Series 4 can detect hard falls and alert the user. This is done via an analysis of the wrist trajectory and impact acceleration.
In addition to the Fall Detection feature, the Apple Watch also comes with an SOS feature. In case the Watch detects a fall and the user does not respond within a minute, the Watch calls emergency services automatically. In extreme situations where the person suffers from a severe medical condition, this feature can be the difference between life and death.