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So, I guess this thread is about a patent on drop protection mechanisms. To be honest, when I heard a podcast on this last night (Let's Talk About Tech by the BBC), it sounded like the patents are about almost any conceivable method of mitigating drops, I mean... thrusters and wings!!. rolleyes.gif

I don't actually believe dropping your phone is that much of a big deal, but then I'm only 6' 1 - what freakish land of giants are you guys from where it has time to reach terminal velocity and punch a hole in the earth??

The only thing that concerns me about this is that these mechanisms, no matter how outlandish, will need a way of activating, presumably through more advanced motion sensors. If they can tell it's been dropped from a big height, is that another get-out clause for a company if it stops working, just like the small tabs that indicate water damage? "I'm sorry sir but this shows that it's fallen from over 5ft, so we won't fix it under warranty".

I've a feeling this technology will be with us much sooner than magic thrusters and pop out wings.
    
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Guys, Apple patents stuff all the time but it doesn't mean any of it will ever be implemented into an actual device. It's merely an idea. And the reason there's an article about every single Apple patent is for page views and advertising revenue for whatever site decides to cover it. Not every patent is worthy of a news article or so much heated discussion. Clearly.
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The only thing that concerns me about this is that these mechanisms, no matter how outlandish, will need a way of activating, presumably through more advanced motion sensors. If they can tell it's been dropped from a big height, is that another get-out clause for a company if it stops working, just like the small tabs that indicate water damage? "I'm sorry sir but this shows that it's fallen from over 5ft, so we won't fix it under warranty".

I've a feeling this technology will be with us much sooner than magic thrusters and pop out wings.

This is where I'm at with this. You know Apple commercials. Whatever new dinglehopper they got against a pure white background, and then the music that makes you think you're life will be complete once you have it.
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What do you suggest we use for screens? Steel?

Woah woah now you're going to blow his mind.
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What do you suggest we use for screens? Steel?

i kind of wish they would make the backs of phones out of steel. the biggest concern with phones is not weight but thickness and length (wow that sounds dirty biggrin.gif.) i've had my classic ipod for probably about 5 years now and that thing is darn near indestructible. i don't how many phones it has outlasted, but it's been more than a few
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