This iPhone 7 concept video envisions Parachute System for drop protection


Remember Apple's patent for corner protectors in the iPhone's screen that pop up to cushion a potential fall, saving you on that expensive display replacement? Or Amazon's airbag phone protection idea? Well, these have been reimagined a bit, in the form of an iPhone 7 concept with what seems like rocket boosters of sorts, which would fire up before the phone touches the ground. In fact, the concept video suggests a system of valves and nozzles in the corners which would be controlled by the accelerometer and orientation sensors to release gas from a small tank that would prevent the iPhone from crashing to the floor unimpeded.

The system looks rather elaborate, but, as the ShatterShield tech of Motorola's new Droid Turbo 2 proves, one needn't go to such extremes in order to make a hard-to-break display. It's cool to watch, though, imagine the bragging rights when you drop your phone off the bar counter later in the night - the soft landing should make everyone stop drinking already, and go home. 

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28 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"my iPhone has run out of fuel! literally"

23. Brewski

Posts: 670; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I've seen this same concept except with airbags that inflate like a car when it senses a drop.

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Lel Apple using something very innovative and high tech that's beyond our time? Not gonna happen

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Not for while, not until iSheeps wake up and stop supporting their ripoff scheme...

15. Good-Is-Better

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

This is a dream. Still Remember a day when you woke up in morning and sigh...''Was I dreaming? Such a nice dream! What was that my dreams again??? aaah, I wish I could dream again".

20. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

It's has even never happened

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Could be the answer to shockproof phones...instead of going bulky rugged to become shock proof, just slow down the impact...just wouldn't be shockproof against Techrax's hammer.

5. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

nice consept, but nothing more.

6. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

even it may be a concept but that is impossible!!

10. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Yes, to minimize the impact it needs more gas more than the volume of the phone itself. I have another concept for iPhone 7, Launch missiles from iPhone when an unauthorized person tries to unlock my mobile or at least some PepperSpray if not for missiles.

14. Plutonium239

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

That's why it would be stored as compressed gas inside the phone.

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

8. Ajlal3

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Apple and innovation? LOL

12. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Those two words shouldn't be in a same sentence..

21. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

You got it!

9. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Why would they even consider this, it will drive away business form them because there would be less people with broken devices. I love the idea though.

11. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

Why not just have a shatterproof glass like the Droid Turbo 2.

13. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Good point.. But tats just a concept..

19. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, to be fair, shattered glass isn't the only damage a falling phone can suffer.

16. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

haha in your dreams

17. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Wow looks so much like the S6 now

18. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've got a concept. Put a mini infinite improbability drive in the phone that activates when it senses it's dropping and turns the floor into cotton candy or banana pudding. Boom! I'm a designer.

22. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Not sure what sense that makes, tedkord.

24. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

This wouldn't work. The upforce from those tiny valves wouldn't slow the phone down at all

25. Clars123

Posts: 1076; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Is it odd that I can imagine apple doing this..then charging hundreds for CO2 refills?

26. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

This has to be , the dumbest thing I ever seen....

27. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Every two years smart kids come with SF concepts and then another 2 years of disappointment

28. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

They should better build iPhones with better batteries than a jet engine to land it safety on the ground. Wishful thinking.

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