This is amazing: We have heard lot about air bags in the car to protect the driver from fatal injuries on impact. But we may have never heard of air bags to protect the screen of a falling mobile phone - at least I did not till I read about it just now.
Patent details: A weight inside the phone can alter its centre of gravity, ensuring the screen doesn't smash and important areas like the processor are best protected
Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's 'Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device' patent uses sensors to work out when the handset is falling.
According to the patent, the system includes: 'an electronic device including a processor, a sensor in communication with the processor and a protective mechanism.
'The protective mechanism is in communication with the processor and is configured to selectively alter a center of mass of the electronic device.
'Additionally, the electronic device also includes an enclosure configured to at least partially enclose the processor and the sensor.
The mechanism is triggered by a built-in accelerometer, which will detect if the phone is falling too quickly - i.e to the floor. It will then deploy miniature airbags to cushion any impact with the ground or floor.
Read more about it at: Mail Online
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