It is well known that cats always land on their feet, and a new patent filing from Apple indicates that future iPhones may be capable of rotating in mid-air to land on a preferred side.
Apple'splanned iPhone protection system will recognise when a phone is dropped. The system will then take action to minimise damage. A motor inside the phone will apparently be capable of applying a force within the phone to ensure that it lands on a particular side. Meanwhile, components inside the iPhone would be capable of moving internally to protect themselves.
The system has been developed by Nicholas V. King and Fletcher Rothkopf. It will rely on a variety of sensors to monitor physical device activity and positioning. New iPhones are already equipped with a full suite of sensors, including accelerometers, gyroscopes and GPS, so some of the groundwork has been done.
Anyone who has dropped their iPhone knows the internal fear as they reach to pick it up, often usually followed by heartbreak as the screen or the camera show signs of damage. Naturally, we’re eager for a system such as this to be implemented.