Airbags for smartphones?

December 19th, 2012 9 Comments By Mof Gimmers

mobile phone 300x225 Airbags for smartphones?Some bright spark has patented the idea for an airbag for smartphones, which obviously, would see your phone protected if you dropped it on the floor like the thundering, clumsy idiot you are.

The patent states that the technology would take advantage of the phone’s gyroscope, camera and accelerometers so it can detect whether it is falling or not.

“Prior to impact between a surface and a device, a determination of a risk of damage to the device is made,” reads the patent. “If the risk of damage to the device exceeds a threshold, a protection system is activated to reduce or eliminate damage to the device.”

What do you think? Is it a smart idea or is it dumb as shit? This patent has been filed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, no less, should you want some kind of background for your views.

Comments (9) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Inspector Gadget December 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    What happens if you go on Oblivion?

  2. Posted by Tim B December 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Cue hundreds off people stepping off a rollercoaster and throwing a strop at the attendant because it’s going to cost them ¬£120 to have their airbag reset.

  3. Posted by Sicknote December 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    What happens when this goes off in your front pocket and it blows your ballbag down your trouser leg…?

  4. Posted by Milky Pete December 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Will it be able to tell the difference between being dropped and me jumping down the last couple of stairs because I’m late for work and my phones in my pocket? Can’t see this idea working!

  5. Posted by Terry December 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Bit vague to be a patent in my opinion,but hey.

  6. Posted by James December 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Reminds me of making parachutes for toy soldiers and launching them off the bridge.

  7. Posted by Ian December 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    What happens if it’s in a case?

    Stupid idea.

  8. Posted by Coran December 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

    So every time I throw my phone onto my sofa or bed, it’s gonna deploy airbags?..

  9. Posted by Raggedy December 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Sorry my mistake. I read this as Funbags not airbags.

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