Apple gets patent mechanism against accidental drops on mobile devices




Apple has received a patent on a mechanism to prevent fall damage to electronic devices. For example, is an iPhone, the device in the air change of position which smartphone should end at least vulnerable point touches the ground.

Apple logo The patent application was filed in 2011, but until Tuesday after being granted by the US patent organization USPTO published . If a device is touched in a free fall, a device using different sensors must recognize the situation. This can for example be done with a gyroscope or an accelerator. If the drop angle of the device has been determined, and the distance to the surface is calculated, the time must be determined up to the collision with the surface.

One of the more plausible ways to bring about a change in the drop angle is to vibrate through the device. However, Apple has devised several options. Another option is that, on the basis of a change in the mass of the device, the position can be determined. That could reach Apple by shifting the center of gravity, but the company also talks about the ejection of a battery. In addition, even spoken about the decrease of the force of the impact by creating air resistance.

Moreover, the commitment of the patent does not mean that Apple is going to put his ideas into practice. In the patent application, Apple mentions incidentally only once the name iPhone. The company thus with his patent application entitled “protective mechanism for an electronic device ‘a wider range of possible devices open.


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