This fall detection method is really effective as demonstrated in the many tests performed when it was introduced last year. There are also real cases like that of Toralv Østvang, a 67-year-old person from Norway who thanks to his Apple Watch and this fall detection system surely saved the life after a difficult fall in the bathroom.
The watch performed the function correctly after the accident and called emergency services automatically when this event occurred. The truth is that Østvang's own daughter, affirmed in the media that it is possible that her father did not even know this function from which she now possibly owes her life.
A perfect feature for older people who don't want outside help services
This is one of those functions that turn out to be interesting for those people who are reluctant to use external help services that are connected to a switchboard or similar. Having the wrist device attached can save the life of a person who has been in an accident and the device is not seen as something "that can make us feel older" rather the opposite. In the case of Østvang, the Norwegian medium NRK the news echoed.
As you can read in this publication, the blow was to the head and the fall in the bathroom, so the iPhone was not on him at the time. Fortunately everything ended in a scare and now in the hospital he recovers favorably from the injuries and both the affected person and the family appreciate the role for the service he performed in this case. Without a doubt, the detection of falls is something really interesting for all people and we can use it at any age, although it comes automatically configured for people who are 65 years old or older.