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Hard fall detection. LOL.

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afh3
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I just stepped out onto the driveway after freezing rain and took a full "just like you would see in a cartoon" fall. I mean, a complete body hard fall. I'm about 2 meters tall and weigh 100kg and hit in complete free-fall. The landing was not a progressive affair, but rather an instantaneous impact across my entire right side. Going to guess i pulled 5+ g. Shocked I didn't break anything. 

 
Anyway, upon laying there for the better part of a minute to ascertain what did/didn't work on most of my limbs and joints, I extricated myself and came in to bandage my multiple abrasions, and I got to thinking, "shouldn't my wife have gotten a notification?"
 
Preamble:
Yes my Galaxy Watch 5 Pro was on my wrist. 
Yes my Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is fully updated. 
Yes my Galaxy Watch 5 Pro was configured to detect hard falls
Yes my Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has my wife's up to date contact information supplied in the function's configuration. 
Yes my Galaxy S22 Ultra was on and in my pocket and had a Bluetooth connection to my watch. 
Yes my Galaxy S22 Ultra is running current firmware. 
No, my Galaxy Watch Pro 5 did not send a notification of any kind. Nor is there an indication on my phone to show one was attempted. 
 
What the actual heck constitutes a hard fall? Dropping out of an airplane?
 
LOL. 
 
Yeah, I'm going to live - thanks for asking - but I find it pretty hilarious that no notification was even attempted. 
 
There is no way what just transpired would not constitute as a "hard fall".
 
LOL
 
Note to self, do not bother counting on this bit of functionality. 
 
Not looking for troubleshooting on this, as there is nothing more to check. Just thought I would try out typing this with one left hand, as practice with my right arm in a sling. 
 
Other than that, love the watch. 
 
Take care. 

 

 
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Yamialex224
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So we got 2 options
Nothing at all samsung
Apple oh you on a Rollercoaster let me dial the cops for you
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cwinkler
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Hope your recovery is quick and not too painful! 

My problem is that I don't like to carry my phone with me when I walk my neighborhood, so if I fall I don't have that BT connection. But I figure at least I didn't break my phone! Wish the watch could somehow work around that, but if it doesn't work with the phone it's not going to work without it.

CWinkler
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afh3
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Thanks. I am, as expected, very sore right now - and expecting that to be much worse tomorrow.

You could, of course, get the LTE version of the watch. I'm sure that one would detect a hard fall soooooo much better.

Just because I am the type that cannot let this sort of thing go, I brought a one meter step-stool to my bedroom and, from the top step, simulated several "falls" onto the bed. Each time carefully laying still after each attempt, in order to achieve a scenario that would emulate a real unconsciousness-invoking event.

Yeah. That hurt. But, hey, it's for science.

Not a single notification was sent.

And, because I didn't identify it before, yes, the detect-always option is selected in the configuration.

I've been a software engineer since shortly after the earth cooled, and oddly enough I find that most of the projects I work on have a requirement to test the functionality I create.

This appears to have not been a priority for Samsung with respect to the fall-detection "feature".
cwinkler
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Appreciate your sacrifices for science. And hope you have some good painkillers. I've fallen twice on sidewalks while walking and once in my home. Broke my wrist and later my 5th metacarpal. So I can almost feel your pain. Wishing you all the best.
CWinkler
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TipsyTrex
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Looking into it, it seems that hard fall detection can be configured in three ways: to always be running, only during a workout or when it "detects" physical activity. I know you said it was enabled in your OP, but I'd check to make sure that it's set to always be running instead of during workout/activity. Otherwise, I would geninuely try to get that thing exchanged since one miss is, well, it can happen but it sounds like you tested it pretty thoroughly. Zero detections has to be a hardware failure if it is set to always detect.
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afh3
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According to the just-released diagnostic tool, both the accelerometer and the gyroscope are functioning properly on the watch. And, as noted above, the detection is, and always has been, set to be always on.

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jgt1942NC
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afh3, I think I have the latest diagnostic but I'm not sure. How do I verify?

With the diagnostics on my S22 Ultra I've run all the test except for three that don't apply to me.

All tests passed, but I did not see any specifically for the accelerometer or gyroscope. What should I see?

 

 

 
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afh3
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You'll find them under the "Sensors" diagnostic collection item.
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Oslachapel
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Thanks for sharing this man
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