Slash

Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon understands the pain of dropping your iPhone and seeing it cracked or smashed to pieces. He's applied for a...

Caroline Ku
Caroline Ku on August 15, 2011.

According to the patent filing, which was submitted in February, but has only just been made public, tiny airbags would be deployed from the phone if the in-built accelerometer detected that was falling.

The patent submitted by the Amazon boss also suggests using a laser or even radar to determine the distance between the phone and the ground.

Other suggestions for protecting a falling phone include springs that would be released from the casing to ensure that the phone safely bounced on hitting the ground. The patent application also suggests that a gyroscope or jets of compressed air could be used to alter the angle of the device in the air. Shane Richmond/The Telegraph.

Thinking...