The first patent for Apple’s “fall detection” feature dates back to 2018 when it was published as 20190103007, and at least five more patents have been granted. According to a patent published by the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) last Thursday, Apple has once again been granted a patent for a “fall detection” feature.
In the report, Apple said that nearly one-third of older Americans over the age of 65 report a fall each year. From 2007 to 2016, the mortality rate for adults 65 and older increased by 3% per year.
It is learned from the patent that Apple uses sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, barometers, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and global positioning systems (GPS) on devices such as the iPhone and Apple Watch to more accurately assess the quality of a user’s walking gait and dynamic balance (walking steadiness), and to predict the risk of falls in the next 12 months. It also predicts the risk of falls in the next 12 months.