What if: Help, I have fallen ...
I have not talked about this before, but a ‘fall’ ultimately cost my uncle his life. We don’t think of the dangers of a fall, but it can be serious.
The CDC reports that in 2015, there was 33,381 unintentional fall deaths or around 10.4 per 100,000 people. Think about this for a minute, that same year, the number of traffic deaths was 37,757, or 11.7 per 100,000 people. This data is for the USA. (Source: National Vital Statistics Report: Deaths: Final data for 2015)
In the case of my uncle, someone was there and was aware of his fall. Complications from the fall took his life. Often, when someone falls, they are alone.
I am very excited about the Apple Watch (Series 4). One of the features that has me super excited is the new fall detection capabilities. Maybe it’s because I am getting older, but my uncles death from a fall is always in the back of my mind.
Earlier this week, I saw this video from Joanna Stern at the Wall Street Journal. (Joanna is such a great tech reporter). Watch this video. I was already a believer in the technology, but this is impressive. I don’t think this is hype, and I know it will only get better. Even more important, it will save lives. It’s not perfect, but wow. And yes, I turned ‘fall detection’ on in my Series 4 Apple Watch.
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