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Amazon Granted Gadget-Airbag Patent

By - Source: Engadget | B 15 comments

Would protect smartphones and tablets from breaking.

Amazon has been granted a patent for protecting gadgets such as smartphones and tablets from accidents by deploying miniature airbags and jets of air.

The patent application was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last August, with Amazon having filed for it during the February of 2010, which was granted recently.

The patent details a system that utilizes 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 change the trajectory of its fall, as well as releasing airbags to reduce potential damage.

Within its filing, the world's largest retailer, who has its own Kindle tablet lineup that may soon be extended through a smartphone, suggested the technology will work with phones, computers, tablets, cameras and video game controllers.

 

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    joytech22 , December 13, 2012 5:36 AM
    Wow, now THIS is innovation lol.
    Not this "slide to unlock" shit.
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    CrArC , December 13, 2012 7:33 AM
    I can only see this going wrong. Who else pictures knocking their phone off the table only for it to beep in alarm and rocket away from the floor, crashing through a nearby window and embedding itself in a tree outside?

    Then, PUFF - the airbags deploy.
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    builder4 , December 13, 2012 5:08 AM
    I thought gadget companies WANTED your stuff to break when you drop it, so you need to buy a new one.
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  • 13 Hide
    builder4 , December 13, 2012 5:08 AM
    I thought gadget companies WANTED your stuff to break when you drop it, so you need to buy a new one.
  • 15 Hide
    joytech22 , December 13, 2012 5:36 AM
    Wow, now THIS is innovation lol.
    Not this "slide to unlock" shit.
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    geost91gr , December 13, 2012 5:58 AM
    It's nice to read about a real patent once in a while, just as a break from non-sense-patent wars.
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 6:02 AM
    gadget airbags aahhahahahaa thats hillarious I wish it becomes a reality
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 6:05 AM
    I bet the next I-crapples will come with parachutes then.
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    Gman450 , December 13, 2012 7:15 AM
    ^LOL, Parachutes!
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    CrArC , December 13, 2012 7:33 AM
    I can only see this going wrong. Who else pictures knocking their phone off the table only for it to beep in alarm and rocket away from the floor, crashing through a nearby window and embedding itself in a tree outside?

    Then, PUFF - the airbags deploy.
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 8:43 AM
    not parachutes, something better: air streams with rounded corners!
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 10:12 AM
    auto airbags cost hundreds of $$s to replace. wonder how much it will cost to replace the airbag or compressed gas cartridge in this device
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    kingnoobe , December 13, 2012 11:44 AM
    It wouldn't surprise me stromo if you could simply push these back in. Now the air cartridges are another thing since well obviously they won't be your normal ones. Which in of itself will probably make them a tad pricey if they're even replaceable in the first place.
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    darknexus , December 13, 2012 12:40 PM
    I suppose I'll have to stop throwing my phone from my doorway onto my bed as I'm getting ready to hit the sack. I guess it probably is a bad practice...
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    g00fysmiley , December 13, 2012 12:58 PM
    make it use readily available c02 cartriges i'd gladly change a $2.00 c02 cartridge rather than replace a whoel device..
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    oldboy2508 , December 13, 2012 2:05 PM
    Be ready to pay $$$$. This will not come cheap if it is to be effective. And I not talking about any replacement gas cartridge either.
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    captainnemojr , December 13, 2012 3:50 PM
    Do the airbags make a raft if dropped in water too?
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    sun-devil99 , December 13, 2012 5:27 PM
    JacekRingAlso a phone falling from table height to the floor, drops in what? 1 seconds max? That means your phone would need to constantly be monitoring your gyrosensor and camera, a couple thousand checks per second to catch it soon enough to prevent damage. What will that do to your battery???


    Good point abut the battery...they'll introduce a large capacity battery which when combined with the 'air bag' system will make your phone the size of a brick (like those from the late 90's) good luck fitting that in your pocket.