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Honda's Smartphone Airbag Video is Awesome

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Honda gives a smartphone all-side airbags.

We've probably all dropped our phones at one point or another. Unfortunately, there's a good chance a number of those phones didn't survive their fall. Even if you have a case, it's not guaranteed to protect your phone (Nexus 4, I hardly knew you). Luckily, Honda is working on a solution to the problem. The Japanese car marker posted the video below to YouTube demonstrating a case that has a built-in airbag for your phone.

 

Smartphone Case N

Though it's a little difficult to understand what's going on if you don't speak Japanese, it looks like the airbags automatically deploy when they phone falls from a certain height. That said, even in its undeployed state, the airbag case looks like it would go a long way to protecting your phone. Honda hasn't commented on whether or not this case is real, but we're going to assume it's not. Still, we do love watching that slow-mo blossoming of airbag as the phone falls.

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    icemunk , December 6, 2013 5:25 AM
    This seems more like a joke, or an art project.
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    de5_Roy , December 6, 2013 5:26 AM
    just... don't let the airbag go off when the phone is inside user's pocket. front pocket worse than the back pocket. especially for males. >_>
    edit: or in a bag/case full of less-than-legal substances (i.e. drop the bag with the phone in it)... or full of samples for medical testing... >_>_>
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    Repelsteeltje , December 6, 2013 5:51 AM
    This looks like a viral attempt of a subtle Honda commercial. I think it's pretty good...
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    _guillem , December 6, 2013 6:03 AM
    Hey its my birthday!! back to the news, its way to impractical.
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    shinkueagle , December 6, 2013 6:20 AM
    It's just a prototype and I bet the production model/version with be a much more compact solution to make a very viable option for the end-user. Couple that with a price tag of about $50-80 and I will be waiting in line to get my own case-N just N-case I drop my phone from the 6th story of a building, I will not have to worry too much...
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    lp231 , December 6, 2013 7:54 AM
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    It's just a prototype and I bet the production model/version with be a much more compact solution to make a very viable option for the end-user. Couple that with a price tag of about $50-80 and I will be waiting in line to get my own case-N just N-case I drop my phone from the 6th story of a building, I will not have to worry too much...


    By logic, how can one drop their smartphone from 6 story building?
    Unless it's done on purpose or that person is drunk, has butter fingers, and is waving hands around like manic, where the phone looses from his grasp and in thrown off the 6 story balcony.
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    CaedenV , December 6, 2013 8:14 AM
    LOL, great video Honda! It is strange but nice to see Japanese companies starting to sprout a sense of humor. I guess it is because the Anime generation is finally getting into the mainstream workforce.
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    Terrax , December 6, 2013 8:53 AM
    Imagine this thing going off in your pocket/purse.
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    Quarkzquarkz , December 6, 2013 9:12 AM
    You guys are idiots, if you took even the most basic science class in High school, you would realize that in free fall, it would take at least greater than 2 seconds of complete freefall for the airbags to deploy, Not to mention the amount of time it takes from the end of 2 seconds, then to trigger the code to deploy, then the actual deploy, ON top of that the probability it will actually fall from a height high enough to cause the freefall for anything greater than 2 seconds which is nearly impossible in everyday situations.

    In other words, you're wasting your TIME, jeezus christ, I just wanna punch a hole in the wall from all this ignorancy.. =(
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    gm0n3y , December 6, 2013 11:05 AM
    Just don't leave it in your pocket while skydiving.
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    qlum , December 6, 2013 11:20 AM
    I think the biggest problem with adding an airbag into a phone is that you need to inflate really fast and to do that regular airbags use small explosives, now to blow up a bag big enough to protect your phone you may need more explosive then you'd want in a phone besides that it does add to the mass of the phone and because of the low speed and acceleration that a normal shake would also trigger the airbag.

    Not to mention with the extra space needed for the airbag to properly work you'd be better off with other protection on the phone.
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    brandon1 , December 6, 2013 2:15 PM
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    nevilence , December 7, 2013 3:39 PM
    hilarious
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    mynith , December 7, 2013 5:00 PM
    So what happens when you fall from a certaiin height with a phone in your pocket?
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    PlayingMantis , December 8, 2013 3:11 PM
    No one noticed the brochure for the Honda N wagon during the video? Looks similar to a Scion xB.
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    Uberragen21 , December 8, 2013 11:11 PM
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    Imagine this thing going off in your pocket/purse.


    That would be awesome! You wouldn't need a chick to get blown...

    On a lighter note, I love how nimble and pocket-sized this fabulous case is!
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    Ning3n , December 9, 2013 1:13 AM
    Imagine this.... Some folks drive with their cell phone resting between their legs (i do on occasion, as I usually leave my phone on vibrate). Hit a nasty bump.... what a kick in the junk that would be....
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    Ning3n , December 9, 2013 1:20 AM
    After a little search, and using google's nifty translate feature, its not fake. Honda is actually offering this on their "N Store" http://www.honda.co.jp/N/