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Smartphone case acts as 'airbag,' pops open to prevent falling phones from cracking

Discussion in 'Tablets and Smart Phones' started by airbud7, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. airbud7

    airbud7 Ancient Guru

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    It's a fear many smartphone users are familiar with — the panic that consumes your body as you watch your phone drop to the ground, praying the screen isn't cracked as you turn the device over.

    Philip Frenzel, a 25-year-old master's student at Aalen University in Germany, knew the feeling all too well. So, he decided to create a product to help prevent any damage from occurring. He calls it the "mobile airbag," formally known as the "active damping" case.

    The case, which took Frenzel four years to design, is equipped with sensors that detect when a phone is falling. When the sensors activate, they trigger four springs — located on each corner of the case — to unfold and poke out in two directions, preventing the phone from hitting the ground.


    When you pick the device up, you can fold the "set of eight thin metal curls" back inside the case, TechCrunch reports, adding that the case is patent-pending.

    However, those bouncy springs may not offer 100 percent protection. If your phone is dropped on an uneven surface there's still a possibility it could get damaged.

    Frenzel's invention is still a hit, though. It won a top award from the German Society for Mechatronics in 2018

    "In his thesis, Philip Frenzel impressively shows how a mechatronics engineer systematically and purposefully approaches a problem and develops a technically feasible and economically viable solution," Prof. Rolf Biesenbach, chairman of the German Society for Mechatronics, said in an online statement about the device.

    The 25-year-old engineering student plans to post the product on crowdfunding site Kickstarter in July, hoping it takes off.

    "We want to be able to finance our livelihood with it," Frenzel added. "In short, we hope for a hype."

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    So now people will have to be extra cautious before dropping their phones on their faces, you wouldn't want this creepy looking sharp thingi leave marks on your face, but hey it protects your phone lol!
     
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    And instead of dropping on the floor this thing launches itself right into the sewers or water.
     
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    Lol yeah it looks a bit creepy, reminded
    Me of halflife2 and those head suckers xD

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    StewieTech Chuck Norris

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    Thats just too much...lol
     
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    Is this the new Batmobile? I could use a grappling hook.
     
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    All fine till it springs open in your pocket and spears a testicle.
     
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    Or into oncoming traffic, when it bounces off the path and goes in the road.

    And you know someone is going to attempt to grab it too
     
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    I don't think you'd want to take it with you on a roller coaster. It seems likely to go off in your pants that way.
     

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