US technology giant Amazon has devised a new motion-sensor technology
for an airbag that can protect your gadgets including smartphones,
cameras and tablets from cracking when dropped.
The system uses motion
sensors, already built into most smartphones, to detect when a phone
has been dropped and the mini airbag is then deployed before it hits the
A traditional airbag in cars is deployed upon impact, cushioning the passengers' heads as they are thrust forward.
The phone system hopes to use similar techniques to prevent damage to the mobile upon inevitable impact.
idea is the brainchild of retail and technology giant Amazon, which has
patented the protective system for mobile phones, electronic readers
such as Amazon's own Kindle, computer tablets and cameras, the 'Daily
This week the company won approval for the patent,
which was filed in America by Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, 48, a
self-made billionaire who has forged a career from pioneering ideas.
to impact between a surface and a device, a determination of a risk of
damage to the device is made. If the risk of damage to the device
exceeds a threshold, a protection system is activated to reduce or
eliminate damage to the device," the patent said.
details a system that utilises a gadget's built-in gyroscope, camera,
accelerometers and other onboard sensors in order to determine if the
device has entered an airborne state.
If it has, the technology
will release airbags to reduce potential damage or possibly even change
the trajectory of its fall by firing jets of air.
like a feature worthy of Bond, codename SOS SMS. But airbags for
windbags sounds like a lot of hot air to me. From a logistical point of
view, the handset would have to be rather bulky to hide an airbag," said
Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com.