Fall Detection Watch – What You Should Know Before Buying

Fall detection watch   offer the potential to save lives, but they come with a few issues that you should be aware of before making a purchase.

First, they’re prone to false detections: Lots of movements mimic a fall (like a small stumble during a pickup soccer game or jumping jacks in a workout) and don’t require assistance from loved ones or the emergency services. To get around that, the algorithms used by fall detection devices rely on machine learning to understand your movement patterns and learn which moves require action.

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Most medical alert devices connect to 24/7 monitoring centers where staff assess situations and call 911 when a button is pushed or an automatic fall detection is detected. This can be helpful in an emergency, but it adds to the cost of the device because you’re paying for a monthly monitoring fee.

The best medical alert systems use cellular technology to avoid the need for a landline or personal cell phone, and they also incorporate GPS so family members can track an individual’s location in case of an accident. For more information on how this works, read our companion article on medical alert watches with GPS.

The Apple Watch Series 4 and later series, including the SE model, come with built-in fall detection technology that’s enabled by default. This feature, which requires a synced iPhone, automatically calls 911 if you fall hard and doesn’t move for one minute afterward. The device also contacts any emergency contacts listed in your Medical ID and provides your location.