Apple applies for a patent on a new method to protect an iPhone screen
posted by Alan F. / Oct 22, 2015, 11:30 AM
This method uses a phone's accelerometer and sensors to trigger four screen protectors, each positioned on a corner of the handset. When the phone is determined to be falling, the screen protectors pop up and absorb the shock of the impact. Once the sensors determine that the fall is over, the protectors drop back into position using motors
Other variations of the technology include one where the device's camera is used to determine if the phone is falling. Apple originally filled the application on Apr. 18, 2014. While the company toughened up the iPhone's body this year by employing Series 7000 aluminum, the glass still remains vulnerable.
According to the patent application, Apple might use this system to protect the glass on the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod and on MacBooks.
source: USPTO via IBT
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posted on Oct 22, 2015, 11:33 AM 3
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Just like Air Bag for Cars? Looking forward to its implementation!
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 2:55 PM 0
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Don't hold your breath. They actually they patented an airbag concept, among others, in 2011:http://www.phonearena.com/news
they patented a mechanism to turn the phone in midair in 2014:http://www.phonearena.com/news /Apple-granted-patent-for-flipping-an-iPhone-in-free-fall-so-it-doesnt-land-flat-on-its-face_id63395
Their legal department will work with these patents log before their manufacturing an design ddepartments do.
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 7:52 PM 0
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That is one retarded system. Likely never going to happen unless they want to put in 4 new motors into the phone that are fact enough to react within seconds. Not only does that add fragility to the system but thickness, and we all know where Apple likes to deliver value these days.
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 11:37 AM 16
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How about tiny rocket boosters. Ones that ignite just before impact. I kid of course, but it would be cool to have Iron Man tech that would bring your phone to you :)
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 11:37 AM 4
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How about leaving a replacement screen in the box (like Note does with the S-Pen tips) and make similarly easy to replace as those S-Pen tips.
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 11:43 AM 6
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_!_ U Apple How about making a good design with good materials to prevent the damage!?
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 12:03 PM 1
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Isn't that the point here? They COULD go on a quest to find unbreakable glass that is thin enough to use on a phone...or they could develop mechanisms for protecting the glass from breaking. Or even a combination of both. The goal is still the same, just a different means of achieving it.
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 12:44 PM 2
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How about no screen at all. They would call it iPhone Air. ;-)
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 12:09 PM 7
How about making the phone more grip-able or add a deceleratometer into it so that it slows down when gravity acts upon it.
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 12:11 PM 1
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Just Apple again patenting everything they have no intention of using just so they can sue everyone.
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 1:16 PM 3
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This is moronic. Why not just have it spray liquid safety foam or have a spring deploy from it so that it bounces when it hits? You know what those two ideas and Apple's have in common? If you don't, you now have something in common with all three.
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 3:04 PM 0
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no, they wont use this patent.. just like their patent about cat reflex last yearhttp://www.phonearena.com/news
posted on Oct 22, 2015, 7:45 PM 0
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