Apple planning iPhone that reacts to falling to land safely

 Apple planning iPhone that reacts to falling to land safely

Apple has filed a patent for an iPhone design that features a method to detect a fall and correct its descent so that it survives the impact.

Apple has filed a patent for an iPhone design that features a method to detect a fall and correct its descent so that it survives the impact.

 
The patent, numbered 20130073095, is entitled “Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device” and was filed on 26 September, 2011, before being published online on 21 March, 2013.
 
It details a system where sensors built into the phone detects that it is falling, how fast it is falling, and how close it is to the ground, triggering a mechanism where the phone is spun around until it lands flat, offering the most cushioned fall possible to save the screen and components from being damaged.
 
For the sensors smartphones already have gyroscopes, accelerometers, and GPS, but additional imaging sensors could be employed. 
 
 Apple planning iPhone that reacts to falling to land safely
 
However, the really mind-boggling part of the idea is how the phone will reposition itself. Apple proposed a variety of options, such as employing a small weight inside the device which can move around, foils like those that extend from the wings of an aeroplane, or a gas-propelled thruster.
 
Apple has even considered ways to eject cables from chargers or headphones if they snag on something or someone and begin to tug the phone to the ground.
 
With so many butterfingers out there, and smartphones, especially iPhones, costing so much, a technique for saving a device in a fall could become a very attractive feature, and potentially one of the ways that Apple can regain its crown from rival Samsung.
 
Source: The Telegraph