If there’s one thing smartphones are really good at, it’s having broken screens when dropped. We’ve all faced a situation where we’ve experienced a shattered smartphone screen, and the emotional trauma is real. However, a new invention might just save the day for a lot of us. An engineering student in Germany, Philip Frenzel, has invented something he calls the ‘mobile airbag’, which will prevent your phone from getting damaged when dropped.
To be fair though, the contraption isn’t exactly an ‘airbag’. The protective case has metal springs that deploy when the sensors on the case detect that the phone is in free fall. As you can see in the picture above, the springs deploy in all directions on the corners of the phone. This way, no matter how the phone falls, the springs absorb the shock of the fall allowing the phone to remain effectively ‘airborne’. The springs can be pushed back into place after deployment, making the case reusable. The concept is simple, but effective in its approach.
The idea of a mobile airbag isn’t new, with Amazon having secured a patent for a design back in 2012. However, that particular design actually involved air being expelled from the product. Considering that six years later we haven’t seen any evidence of a final product along those lines, it’s safe to say that development has been shelved.
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This particular implementation also has its own patent secured, and the engineering student will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in July in the hopes of getting his idea funded, and turned into a real product. While the renders show the contraption being used with an iPhone, it’s unclear if any other smartphones will be supported by this unique protective case.