The Apple Watch might have saved another life, this time with the fall detector

The Apple Watch might have saved another life, this time with the fall detector
The Apple Watch series 4 can save a life through some of the timepiece's features. There is the heart rate monitor (also offered on earlier versions of the watch), the electrocardiogram scanner and the fall detector. The latter will detect when an Apple Watch wearer takes a hard fall to the floor. When that happens, the watch will "tap" the user on the wrist, sound an alarm so passers-by can intervene, and display an SOS button on the device's screen. When that button is pressed, or after a minute without movement, the Apple Watch will call for emergency help.

The fall detector works, according to a story in NRK (via 9to5Mac) about a 67 year old named Toralv Østvang, who was discovered unconscious on his bathroom floor. Østvang had fainted and he hit the floor hard. The Apple Watch automatically called for emergency help, and the Norwegian was admitted into the hospital bleeding and suffering from three fractures in his face. Had Toraly's smartwatch not detected the fall and called for medical assistance, his daughter says that he might have died.


Apple Watch owners age 65 or older have the fall detection feature automatically enabled on their device. If you're not yet 65 but want your Apple Watch to be on the lookout for any falls you might sustain, go to the Watch app on your iPhone, select "Emergency SOS," and turn the feature on.

67 year old Toralv Østvang in the hospital after the fall detector on his Apple Watch possibly saved his life

67 year old Toralv Østvang in the hospital after the fall detector on his Apple Watch possibly saved his life

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16 Comments

1. apple-rulz

Posts: 1841; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I wish him well, it’s good he was able to get the help he needed.

3. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

We have seen these stories before on here. We get it already it has a hearing monitor. But how many more of these stories are needed to pump Apple and their watch up? This is a tech site, or is it an Apple article pushing site, or is PhoneArena running low on their number of articles they have to push out every day?

4. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 599; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Or you could just appreciate the fact that another life was saved. The fact that it's happened before doesn't make it any less news. It's very simple. If you're not a fan, just keep scrolling.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Great to hear he’s ok. Any help needed is appreciated.

7. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Glad it's working as intended. But...in the lawsuit happy world we live in, I pray it never happens that someone falls, it doesn't go off and some fly by night lawyer sues them.

9. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

What a great feature. I want to get one for my parents just for this feature.

13. LEEDAQ

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Yawn ....

15. sissy246

Posts: 6902; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Its good to know the guy will be ok

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