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Apple Develop Protective Mechanism for Dropped PhonesOne of the biggest fears of not just Apple users, but all smart phone users are that their precious device will fall and end up in smithereens on the floor. Well, fortunately there are boffins trying to figure out a way to limit damage and it looks like Apple may be ahead of the curve with this latest move.

The Protective Mechanism for Electronic Device patent, published by Apple at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office looks like it may alleviate the chances of damage for dropped phones. The new add on would be suitable for all devices with processors, though more so towards little portable ones that are carried regularly.

Gyroscope

The device works in conjunction with gyroscopes and can detect when a phone is in free fall towards the ground, as well as how it is positioned relative to the area. The device uses a range of simply gyroscopes and also other more complex metrics and data to decipher speed, fall height and other data. This is then fed into a processor to create the best possible landing for the device when it hits the floor.

The device comes with a mechanism that helps reorientation the device and offer the most amount of protection before it hits the ground. There are a number of solutions, including weighted mass within the device, lift foils that can be extended out of the phone, or a thrust mechanism which acts as a counter mechanism to the fall.

Weight Change

However, it seems that the most logical change of weight option is the one preferred as this is easiest to achieve and lessens the chances of the device being damaged. This would change the angular velocity of the device and position it for the best landing possible.

Apple Develop Protective Mechanism for Dropped Phones

The more complex designs seem fantastic on paper but the idea of a propulsion system in an increasingly thin iPhone, or an iPhone with lift foils seems more science fiction than reality and not likely to be seen anytime soon. However, it’s still nice to see they’re thinking outside the box.

The mechanism patents were filed in 2011 and in time may become a reality, we would say not to expect even the simplest form on the iPhone 5S.

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