Apple patent protects your phone from butterfingers
posted by Alan F. / Mar 23, 2013, 3:32 PM
The system memory keeps some statistics including fall heights, speeds and other data which could help the processor decide on the best way for the phone to land to bypass any damage to the interior and perhaps even save the outer glass. The movement of a weighted mass inside the device can set off some foils to slow down the phone and a can of gas can be used to help give the handset a thrust to reverse a free fall. With the move in the industry toward thin and light phones, don't expect to see this anytime soon. As parts become smaller, perhaps we will see this re-visited by Apple. It does seem like a lot is happening to save one phone, but wouldn't you want everything done to save your phone if it was falling?
source: USPTO via AppleInsider
Isn't that why people buy cases for iPhones? I think I've seen maybe only 1 without a case on it.
posted on Mar 23, 2013, 3:37 PM 6
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Yup. Cases tend to make the patent moot. These days, it seems that everyone with an iPhone has it in a case. Last week I was visiting an Apple store, and every iPhone purchased while I was at the store, had a case included in the purchase. Back to the patent, what about the computational requirement to do all of the necessary calculations in real time and deploy the protective measures before the device contacts the floor? Gravity on Earth IS a constant.
posted on Mar 23, 2013, 3:58 PM 1
I like this idea. Good move Apple.
posted on Mar 23, 2013, 3:57 PM 0
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Yea thats right very good move Apple™ We will, we are supporting you and the fans Apple™®©
posted on Mar 23, 2013, 8:22 PM 0
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you need English lessons and a little rest as you've been trolling all the pages of PA with nonsensical and unrelated comments... even this one makes no sense with those TM, R, C signs... at least stop copying from Msyzptlk!
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 6:11 AM 0
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Wow people dog apple but in reality what the hell is a normal person going to do with google glasses when the price is to high and most people have a high cellphone rate. Again the normal aka average person.
posted on Mar 23, 2013, 4:43 PM 0
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"GPS and imaging sensors can also be employed." Err... from what height are talking about taking this fall? What's the average phone drop height? I'd guess you wouldn't find very many outside the 4ft range. If the GPS was good enough to to detect it's changing position within 4ft I don't think Apple Maps would have been the debacle it was. Just sayin'. Also, I'd love to see the added size a swinging weight and/or gas canister would add to the handset. That doesn't seem to be so aesthetically pleasing. I think it's fairly obvious why the accelerometer and gyroscopic sensor would be used in detection of a fall... It's to determine whether or not the phone was purposefully thrown down and broken thus denying any insurance claims.
posted on Mar 23, 2013, 5:36 PM 0
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Cool but a throttle/thruster/booster rockets/gyro rockets for swiveling the device to a safe orientation and then ejecting out landing pads from the device ... all this is missing .. that's needed for a "Soft" landing of this vehicle on the planet when it lands (not falls mind you) Maybe another patent for all this ... after all you just need an idea and cash and then run as fast as possible to PTO (Patent Troll's Office) and breast the tape as "First" to file ... :)
posted on Mar 23, 2013, 6:09 PM 0
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Does anyone else see the potential danger in putting a canister of compressed gas in the phone? What happens if the phone over heats or the canister accidentally is punctured causing the phone to explode. This is a ridiculously stupid idea.
posted on Mar 23, 2013, 9:03 PM 0
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Main reason once drop your phone and it some how it didnt crack but the phone is no longer working apple will determine if it will be covered under warranty must not fall from 5ft speed must not be more than xxxxx why would you need these censors
posted on Mar 23, 2013, 10:43 PM 0
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This is so stupid, I really don't know what to say. Just get a case.
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 2:02 AM 0
Patently Apple......stupidity. LMFAO if this is the crap tim cook was talking about when he said appfail had big things on the horizon. Between this and the ipod wrist watch out Android LOL
posted on Mar 24, 2013, 12:07 PM 0
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