In addition to sporting a larger display and improved specs, the new Apple Watch Series 4 also includes some brand new features like the built-in electrocardiogram (ECG) as well as the ability to detect when you’ve fallen and offer to call emergency services.
According to Apple here’s how the fall detection feature works on the Apple Watch:
If Apple Watch Series 4 detects a significant, 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 tapping “I fell, but I’m OK” or “I did not fall.”
If your Apple Watch detects that you’re immobile for about a minute, it begins a 15-second countdown, while tapping you on the wrist and sounding an alert. The alert gets louder so that you or someone nearby can hear it. When the countdown ends, your Apple Watch automatically contacts emergency services.
In general, the videos suggest the feature works pretty well although results seem to vary depending on certain situations. In the first video, for instance, the Apple Watch is not able to detect any “falls” when they occur on the trampoline, foam pit, or a gymnastics mat.
Check out the videos below and share your thoughts and any real-life experiences in the comments section.