Inventors create mobile phone airbags


Inventors have devised airbags that aim to prevent dropped mobile phones from breaking when they hit the ground.
Technology giant Amazon has patented the product, which can also be used for computer tablets, cameras and electronic readers, such as the Kindle.
The system makes use of motion-sensing technology, which is already built into most smartphones and, having detected the phone is falling, deploys the mini airbags before the handheld reaches the floor.
Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos filed the patent for the invention, which read: “Prior to impact between a surface and a device, a determination of a risk of damage to the device is made.”
The patent explained that if a threshold of damage risk is exceeded, a protection system is activated that aims to prevent the phone being destroyed or to limit damage.
It is hoped the system will be able to utilise a number of built-in features of the phone in order to determine whether or not the device is airborne. These include the product’s onboard sensors, camera, gyroscope and accelerometers.

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