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Apple patent protects your phone from butterfingers

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Mar 2013, 15:32

Apple has just received a patent for a “Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device,” which it had filed back in September 2011; the patent is for a mechanism that changes the center of mass in an electronic device to protect important parts from getting damaged in case of a fall as a sensor communicates with the processor to let it know if the device is falling, how fast it is falling and how close to the ground it is...

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posted on 23 Mar 2013, 15:37 6

1. Aeires (unregistered)

Isn't that why people buy cases for iPhones? I think I've seen maybe only 1 without a case on it.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 15:58 1

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

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 25 Mar 2013, 05:06

29. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

I think this will make hard drive manufacturers to review their patents and sue apple. IBM/Lenovo had this on their laptops since..

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 15:57

2. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

I like this idea. Good move Apple.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 20:22

14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Yea thats right very good move Apple™
We will, we are supporting you and the fans Apple™®©

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 06:11

19. samystic (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

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 24 Mar 2013, 19:39

27. thephoneofi (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)

Why was that even necessary to say?

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 01:35 1

17. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

Only a good idea so they never end up putting it on their phones and then sue the competition to anything that is completely different yet does the same purpose.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 06:32 1

20. tedkord (Posts: 14119; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Apple could box up a pile of horse manure, stamp the logo on it, and you'd think it was magical.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 12:05

23. Droiddoes (unregistered)


posted on 24 Mar 2013, 12:03

22. Droiddoes (unregistered)

It's a retarded idea that seems like it was thought up by an autistic 9 year old. Built in "foils" and blasts of gas to change the fall? F*cking really? LMFAO. Go go gadget phone!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 16:14 3

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 5000; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Yup. How long before these turbo boosts and air bags etc make it into a product.

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:58

8. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

why not a parachute?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 18:14 2

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Well i have a better idea ... "iLevitation" and that controlled from Command Control Center at "1 Infinite Loop" ... they are tracking each device in any case irrespective of setting by user on device ... so the moment a free fall is detected the device should levitate in a Yogic Posture using "Thrust Vector Nozzles" :)

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 16:14 2

5. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

so its like a cat!

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 12:46

26. Droiddoes (unregistered)

Useless, lazy, and at times you forget you own one!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 16:43

6. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

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 23 Mar 2013, 17:59

9. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

your kidding, right?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 17:36

7. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

"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 23 Mar 2013, 18:09

10. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

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 23 Mar 2013, 19:35

12. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

when will this EVER END??

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 20:19

13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Darkjedi you there. Are you reading this?

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 21:03

15. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

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 23 Mar 2013, 22:43

16. Daftama (Posts: 619; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

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 24 Mar 2013, 02:02

18. ddeath (Posts: 169; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)

This is so stupid, I really don't know what to say. Just get a case.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 12:07

24. Droiddoes (unregistered)

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 24 Mar 2013, 19:42

28. thephoneofi (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)

No... I'm sure an intelligent CEO like Tim Cook knows what he's doing. Apple has making money on its agenda, like any other company.

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 13:30

31. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

That's nice. If he's so intelligent why has his companies stock tanked more than 50% over the last 6 months? Hm?

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 06:33

21. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Haha.... I can't breathe!!!! xD

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 12:12

25. Scorpion (Posts: 103; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)

The cases industry isn't gona like that...

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