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[TechCrunch] Apple Patents iPhone Drop Protection Mechanisms That Are Built Right Into The Device

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The patent describes a number of ways Apple might be able to make a device that can change direction mid-flight, which would allow it to put its most impact-resistant surface forward to meet the ground. These include an internal gadget for shifting mass to one end of the iPhone, an actual “thrust mechanism” that could even include a “gas canister,” an air foil that activates in free fall, a way to contract external bits like switches within the case for protection, and a gripping system that can clamp down on charing and headphone cables to ensure those catch the falling phone.
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Please tell me I'm not the only one thinking, "For a phone that breaks that often and easily, it's about time." :|
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This will only lead to more broken devices as people will test it over and over and over again. thumb.gif
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I predict a lot of iphone "brace for impact" youtube videos.
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I was hoping that the phone would crystallise and announce "MAXIMUM ARMOUR" mid-air and then slam down as hard as it wants without breaking... Instead it sounds like it will grow wings and glide to the floor. I... can't decide whether to be impressed or let down frown.gif
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a canister of air inside or orient itself onto it's strongest side? lol interesting
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post #6 of 115
Or you could just use a better design which does not expose the screen to impact with such prevalence. thinking.gif
 
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just get Applecare+ and be done with it.
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So they are trying to patent the stuff they do to make NASCAR safer? Neat, but I don't see it working out for them. It will probably end up being cheaper to replace a phone than the attempt to possibly save it is worth.
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I was hoping that the phone would crystallise and announce "MAXIMUM ARMOUR" mid-air and then slam down as hard as it wants without breaking... Instead it sounds like it will grow wings and glide to the floor. I... can't decide whether to be impressed or let down frown.gif

I died laughing
Crysis iphone
    
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I died laughing
Crysis iphone

dont you mean criphone?
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