A nine-year-old Victorian grandfather credits his Apple Watch for helping him save his life after a nasty fall off a ladder.
Jason Potts was cleaning his gutters when he fell backwards over his neighbor’s fence and two meters down onto the concrete path.
When the 54-year-old was seriously injured and was bleeding from his head on the floor, he heard a voice say, “Hello, is anyone there? Can you hear me?”
“Your Apple Watch had a bad fall and called 000. Need an ambulance?”
The watch had alerted the emergency services and his wife, whom he had listed as an emergency contact.
“When I heard the voice on the clock, I had to stop and see how it could be,” Mr. Potts continued sunrise the “incredible” experience.
He told Kochie and Sam that he forgot that he even turned on the fall detection feature when he bought the device more than a year ago.
“If you have fallen, the watch detects the fall and asks you if you are okay. If you don’t answer, triple zero will be called, ”he explained.
The call proved life-saving as Potts suffered a slipped collarbone, fractures to his spine and ribs, and a serious head injury.
He says he’s “recovering well now”.
How does it work?
To activate the feature, you need to activate the fall detection on your Apple Watch.
When your Apple Watch detects a fall and you are immobile for about a minute, it will countdown for 30 seconds while you tap the wrist and sound an alarm.
If you are fine or if you don’t want to call 911, tap Cancel.
If you haven’t responded after the countdown has expired, your Apple Watch will automatically contact emergency services.