Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has applied for a patent on a mobile phone safety feature, that would deploy tiny airbags, if you drop your cell phone.
The system includes laser or radar to determine the distance between the device and the surface, where it’s about to hit. The mechanism also detects if the risk of damage to the phone exceeds the damage threshold, directing the phone in such a way that the air bag hits the surface first, deploying the airbags before the impact.
The system will also come loaded with a spring to ease the fall ensuring that the device bounces back on hitting the ground.
The application for patent reads, “a system for protecting a portable device, comprising: a device safety monitoring system configured to detect a risk of damage to the portable device from impacting a surface; a protection element operable to reduce the risk of damage to the portable device caused by the impact with the surface; an orientation detector, operable to detect an orientation of the portable device; and a reorientation element, operable to modify the orientation of the portable device such that the protection element first impacts the surface."
The mobile safety invention by Mr Bezos and Amazon vice president Greg Heart can save a lot of money, because most of the insurance plans do not cover the charges, If you drop your phone and break it.