Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has filed a patent application for a system that protects devices from impact damage. This method utilizes a smartphone’s motion sensors to detect when it has been dropped, and then deploys mini-airbags that can cushion the fall and prevent damage like a cracked screen. The protective system could also be useful for e-readers, tablets, and cameras. The patent reads:
Prior to impact between a surface and a device, a determination of a risk of damage to the device is made. If the risk of damage to the device exceeds a threshold, a protection system is activated to reduce or eliminate damage to the device.
The Telegraph reports that data from a phone’s built-in gyroscope, camera, accelerometers would be used to sense a fall. This would then trigger the release of the airbags and air-jets could also be used to change the device’s trajectory in mid-air.
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