Friday, 16 November, 2018

This brilliant case packs an airbag for dropped smartphones

Student Invents a 'Mobile Airbag' That Deploys When a Device is Dropped This case deploys an airbag when you drop your phone!
Roberta Sherman | 03 July, 2018, 19:33

The student built the sensors that detect the free fall of the cell phone and developed a metal spring that unfolds during the fall and the power and energy cushions the fall, according to a report in the German publication Preview Online.

An engineering student has designed a mobile airbag to protect your phone from accidental damage.

What makes this particular design impressive, is the fact that the mobile airbag is able to keep the smartphone's screen from getting damaged, with Frenzel demonstrating how the prongs work when the prototype phone is dropped display side first. But usually, they come at a price apart from adding more bulk to the handsets that we have to carry around in our pockets.

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The design involves a casing with a set of eight thin metal curls that normally lie flat inside the case. They absorb impact like springs (or an airbag, like the name suggests), as your phone bounces around without ever making contact with any surface.

The case isn't being sold commercially, but Frenzel has patented the technology.

Frenzel calls his innovation the "AD Case", which stands for "active damping".

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If this case really performs as well as it does in the video above, when your phone finally hits the ground, it will just harmlessly bounce around before coming to a rest, safe and sound with nary a crack.

For this reason, many choose to buy protective cases that shield the device from accidental drops or bumps. Once deployed, the dampers can be pushed back into the case, meaning you can use it again.

A Mobile Airbag Kickstarter campaign will launch next month allowing interested buyers to fund the project.

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