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Submitted by SJIND 1147d ago | article

The phone 'airbag' that would mean you would never break another mobile

Dailymail: It's that heart-lurching moment millions of us dread. For a split second you stand utterly helpless as your dropped iPhone plunges towards an unforgiving pavement.

But now inventors have devised an unlikely answer to one of modern life’s most expensive little mishaps – an airbag for your smartphone. (Phones, Smartphone)

Speed-Racer  +   1146d ago
Or how about we just develop a screen/backing that's very resistant to falls?
Rettom  +   1146d ago
Well, it would have to be EXTREMELY shock absorbant, and the hardware inside would still be damaged. It's not just the screen you should be worried about. I dropped my iPod before, a very high fall, and the battery is now at least 50% shorter because of it. Don't worry just about the screen.
Speed-Racer  +   1146d ago
Yea, my Wifi antenna on my old phone lost abut 50% of it's receiving strength after a hard fall. Nonetheless, the airbag solution seems expensive in the long run, especially for people like me who have butter fingers LOL.
The_Infected  +   1146d ago
Like Samsungs flexible display? It's unbreakable.
Speed-Racer  +   1146d ago
Exactly.
ThePundit  +   1146d ago
Jets of air and air bags will add a lot of bulk and weight to the device, not to mention the expense to refill those pockets of air after every drop.. wouldn't it be a more proactive idea to simply reduce the weight and then like Racer-X said, put on a more fall resistant backing to the device.

A sub 100gm phone with a slightly protruding shock absorbent exterior would increase grip, and absorb a lot of shock while falling. The lower weight will reduce the damage. And you still get a possibly petite device.

It would also save from having to tuck in, or tear out the airbags after you reclaim the device after a fall.

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