Apple Watch Series 4 is not just a nice watchdog. It also has invisible features that can prove to be life-saving. Series 4 only hit the market last month, and the new Apple Watch fallback feature has already been credited to save at least one customer in a bad situation.
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According to Swedish publication Aftonbladet Apple Watch Series 4 was the key to notifying emergency services for Gustavo Rodriguez when crippling back pain hit while cooking over a stove. The unexpected discomfort caused him to double and collapse to the floor while the furnace was kicked up.
Apple Watch fall alert noticed the sudden case and offered to call local emergency services. Translated to English:
Gustavo, 34, suffered a sudden back injury and was paralyzed to the kitchen floor. "It felt like someone pushed a knife into my back," he says. Luckily his clock was rising.
On Friday, Gustavo Rodriguez stood next to the oven as usual and cooked food. Suddenly he felt strange tension in his back, and it became increasingly difficult to move the body. Gustavo did not try to think about it. "But then I moved the frying pan and it just hit me. It felt like someone was pushing a knife in the back," Gustavo said.
He fell on the floor. The pain was so strong that everything went black. He could not move. chimated the clock and asked "Do you want to call 112?". "My Apple Watch had felt the fall and wondered if it should ring," Gustavo said.
Rodriguez said he managed to crawl over the floor to the living room and climb the sofa, but the phone was in another room and he had not recovered from pain yet.
He managed to call his mother-in-law from Apple Watch who lived nearby and could turn off the stove and an ambulance brought him to a hospital where he had a morphine shot to reduce acute back pain.
Although it does not seem like the clock should eventually call emergency services for Rodriguez, Apple Watch Series 4 has a feature that automatically dial emergency services if it detects a fall and you do not answer p to notice within a minute.
Apple Watch Fall alert automatically turns on Series 4 for customers 65+ or older and you can turn it on manually in the Watch app on iPhone if you are under 65 years old (thus, Apple warns that some activity may be confused with cases of more active customers). The feature also indicates emergency contact and shares your location when a case is detected and the time the user is not responding.
Apple Watch can also easily call emergency services by holding the sidebar under the Digital Crown for several seconds. The SOS feature requires a nearby iPhone on Apple Watches without LTE, and models with active mobile service can make and receive phone calls away from the iPhone.
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