Hard Fall Detection

Discussion in 'Gear & Apparel' started by Wayne, Dec 26, 2019.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    “Hard Fall Detection” by Apple Watch - This is something that I never knew about before. My wife gave me an Apple Watch 5 series for Christmas because she thought this feature was perfect for anyone that rides or camps solo.

    Here’s how it works:

    “If Apple Watch Series 4 or later detects a hard fall while you're wearing your watch, it taps you on the wrist, sounds an alarm, and displays an alert. You can choose to contact emergency services or dismiss the alert by pressing the Digital Crown, tapping Close in the upper-left corner, or tapping "I'm OK."

    If your Apple Watch detects that you're moving, it waits for you to respond to the alert and won't automatically call emergency services.

    BUT if your watch detects that you have been immobile for about a minute, it will make the call automatically. After the call ends, your watch sends a message to your emergency contacts with your location letting them know that your watch detected a hard fall and dialed emergency services.”

    Read more here: Hard Fall Detection.
     
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    just like a SPOT tracker, sort of...
     
  3. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Similar. Except with a SPOT you would have to physically press the SOS button. So not as good in the event of a accident on the trail where you may become unconscious. Heart attack would be another worry. And Spot has a separate yearly fee. Like I said before, it seems great for anyone travelling solo.
     
  4. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I get you, the watch senses what happens and the SPOT does not. Personally I'm not ready to go as far as a watch, I've ben running SPOTs for many years now and am OK with that even tough it looks like I'm going to be upgrading for the 3rd time in 10 years or so.
     
  5. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Is there a subscription cost for this app? There are some similar smart phone apps available but you have to pay an annual fee for full functionality.

    They use gps and phone accelerometer to detect accidents.
     
  6. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    No extra fee.
     
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