Amazon boss invents phone drop-protection system

Bezos has applied to patent a system where tiny airbags are shot out of a phone casing

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Amazon boss invents phone drop-protection system Amazon's chief executive, Jeff Bezos has applied for a patent for a mobile phone drop-proofing system which involves tiny airbags being released from the phone casing. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 15, 2011

Amazon's chief executive Jeff Bezos, has applied for a patent on an airbag for mobile phones, which would release if the device falls, according to The Telegraph.

Tiny airbags would be deployed from the phone if its built-in accelerometer detected that the phone was falling, according to the patent that was filed in February.

The patent filed by Amazon's boss suggests that radar or laser could be used to determine the distant between the phone and the ground.

Bezos' other suggestions on the patent are that springs could be released from the phone casing so that it would bounce when it hit the ground and that compressed air or a gyroscope could be used to redirection the phone while it is falling.

The application also describes a method for "determining if a risk of damage to the portable device from the impact exceeds a damage threshold; when the risk of damage to the portable device exceeds the damage threshold: altering the orientation of the portable device such that the air bag first impacts the surface; and deploying the airbag prior to impact with the surface."

The mobile phone protection system is credited to Bezos and Amazon vice president Greg Heart, but the patent has not yet been granted.

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