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Nope. Any mass undergoing centrifugal force exhibits gyroscopic properties. An unbalanced centrifugal orbit doesn't hold it's axial position very well, but it will still resist changes in orientation (edit: think hula hoop).

Now this will still need some other updates. much smarter and more responsive motion detection. But all the basic components are already there to cause the phone to at least resist spinning in the air, which could theoretically be used to direct the phone to avoid landing at a compromising angle. I think.

You would need a MUCH bigger motor, a bigger cavity to house the motor, and a much more powerful battery to power it. Even without all the other possible issues, size alone makes this an impractical solution compared to simply putting your phone in a case.
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The iBone. Will not break easily.

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You would need a MUCH bigger motor, a bigger cavity to house the motor, and a much more powerful battery to power it. Even without all the other possible issues, size alone makes this an impractical solution compared to simply putting your phone in a case.

Actually speed of rotation can compensate for low weight. Still I concede on the juice (with today's tech). I still don't think it's far off though. I mean with all this experimentation there must be some kind of demand for it. They was probably saying something like "if you would just wear your seatbelt you'll never need an airbag." There's always another step you can take forward.
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Actually speed of rotation can compensate for low weight. Still I concede on the juice (with today's tech). I still don't think it's far off though. I mean with all this experimentation there must be some kind of demand for it. They was probably saying something like "if you would just wear your seatbelt you'll never need an airbag." There's always another step you can take forward.

Not entirely sure a motor as small as what is used in a phone commonly could even physically spin up fast enough for allow this, even without the weight attached.

You're right though in theory, perhaps with some semi-far future tech.

At any rate my point is with currently existing materials, their costs, current phone designs, their sizes, etc... It would just make a lot more sense to use a half decent case (I mean, an otterbox commuter is like 15 bucks on amazon and you can call it a day).
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post #85 of 115
neat idea will be interesting how they implement it.


Love the endless flame on this site. People will stop at nothing to troll
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neat idea will be interesting how they implement it.


Love the endless flame on this site. People will stop at nothing to troll


Good job contributing! Not at all ironic.
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or just make a phone that doesn't break when you drop it?
.....but that would be too easy.


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So what if you're at an amusement park with rides that have lots of drops? Will the drop protection mechanism kick in and drain your battery?
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Just more innovation from my favorite computer company.
 
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Gameplan should of been to implement samsungs new flexiscreens, if the screen can flex during impact it wont crack, its simple. and designing a body that is also impact resistant and will only take damage in severe falls. Why do this when if the fall is high enough, the phone will take some kind of serious damage anyways.
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