Phone that saves itself from a fall.

  Chronos the 2nd 10:36 23 Mar 2013

Apple filed a patent in the US called the "Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device.

A number of solutions are proposed to position the phone on landing: the movement of a weighted mass within the device: aeroplane foils that extend out from the surface of the device: and a thrust mechanism such as a small gas-propulsion device. The system would need a sensor to detect when the device was falling and how it is positioned relative to the ground according to the website

Or you could just tie your phone to a

  Quickbeam 10:41 23 Mar 2013

Ah, now this is much easier to understand. It can be proven that if you drop a phone from a great height onto a concrete base, there will be a big bang as it makes contact!

  Aitchbee 10:59 23 Mar 2013

Will there be a 'crash test dummy' small enough to fit inside the phone, I wonder.

  spuds 11:16 23 Mar 2013

This technology wouldn't apply to me or my family and friends. We buy cheap payg phones for less than £20 ;o)

But I did notice a new advert on television the other evening, when someone had 'casually' dropped their mobile in a pile of mud or something, and then commenced to wash the mobile with an hosepipe. I do believe they also 'casually' dropped the same mobile under the wheels of an HGV, with no ill effect?.

  lotvic 11:38 23 Mar 2013

Good grief, they'll be playing basketball with one next - to test the bounce factor.

  Kevscar1 12:27 23 Mar 2013

Just strap it to a parachute with a ripcord around your neck

  Chronos the 2nd 12:30 23 Mar 2013

Or you could just not design the phone such that the rigid aluminium construction transfers most of the energy on impact directly to the large brittle glass front panel.

  Quickbeam 12:38 23 Mar 2013

Or you could combine several natural and human technologies and have an egg shaped phone that transfers the energy of an impact safely to the other side without creating a damaging big bang of any sort.

  Chronos the 2nd 12:46 23 Mar 2013

Don't eggs break when dropped?

  Brumas 12:50 23 Mar 2013

Chronos the 2nd, boiled ones don't ;o}

  lotvic 12:56 23 Mar 2013

I suppose in these hi-tech days, one of these is too simple WristStrap I have a few that I've saved from way back that came with cameras and other items. I think I even had one with my 'Brownie' in the '60s or '70s (they came with the camera foc) can easily be clipped to belt loop if phone/camera is in pocket.

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