A REAL screen saver: Apple"s plan for iPhone that protects itself when you drop it


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Patent reveals weight inside handset could be used to alter its centre of gravity when fallingSpecial grip could also be deployed to stop the headphone jack falling out, keeping the handset from hitting the ground

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The system works using a series of air jets to stabilise the phone, while airbags protect it on impact

This patent, which first appeared last year, has just been given the stamp of approval by the patent office.

Amazon VP Greg Heart is also named on the patent, suggesting it may well be an Amazon project.

Geek.com, however, suggests they are just 'patent baiting' and hoping
someone else will want to use the idea, netting them licensing fees.

The patent doesn’t really answer the question of what happens after the airbag/springs/streams of gas are deployed.

In a car airbags are rendered useless after they’re deployed once;
getting a new one every time you drop your phone would be a
time-consuming – not to mention costly – business; the spring idea would
be more feasible and reusable.

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos's patent application for various protective mechanisms for phones

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos's patent application for various protective mechanisms for phones