Remember those painful, teary days when you dropped your precious iPhone and it resulted in a spider web-like cracked screen or bad dents on its chassis? Well, that could soon be a thing of the past.
According to AppleInsider, Apple’s been recently granted a patent that gives it the rights to a futuristic iPhone protection mechanism. This technology will identify when the smartphone is dropped, then quickly measure the projected point of force and change its centre of gravity to prevent impact on sensitive components (like screens and cameras) all before the unit actually hits the ground.
If you’re curious as to how it will actually work, it will make use of existing features such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and GPS in conjunction with some other new features such as ultrasonic sensors to measure a handful of metrics in a central processing unit.
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The patent also covers a few other sophisticated and revolutionary possibilities – including ejection devices for cables and retractable air foils that might be able to direct the angle of drop, similar to that being tested by Elon Musk for his reusable rockets at Space X.
It seems like a huge feat with the need for so many components and technologies just to ensure that the iPhone’s fall is less damaging, but it does tend to be one of the biggest problems faced by many.
Will this feature be installed into the next iPhone? Only time (or a bunch of leaks and rumours leading up to its release) will tell. Until then, it’s best that we be really careful with your iPhones or protect them with the best cases in the market.