【苹果研发防摔屏专利 碎屏党的福音!】

【苹果研发防摔屏专利 碎屏党的福音!】苹果正研发手机防摔屏的设计,手机内部的传感器能在其下落时检测速度,并预计最先触地的一面。若屏幕将先触地,手机内的引擎会将重量转移到手机更坚硬区域,使其在下落时从屏翻为背面,甚至还能弹出耳机来避免连接器损坏,该设计iPad也适用

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Flipping great! The Apple iPhone "that won"t smash" because it detects when it"s falling and turns over with the screen side up

  • Sensors predict speed of device in mid-air so it doesn"t hit ground face first
  • A motor shifts internal weight and spins the phone to land on its hard area 
  • Tech giant granted patent for invention that could also work with iPads  
  • Apple has yet to get a prototype into hands of users for a real-life test run

By BEN ELLERY FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

PUBLISHED: 23:32 GMT, 6 December 2014 | UPDATED: 23:34 GMT, 6 December 2014

 

 

We all know that panic-stricken moment. You drop your mobile and watch, aghast, as it plunges towards the floor, fearing it will land screen-side down – with shattering consequences.

But now Apple plans to spare you that agony, with an invention that will stop your iPhone hitting the ground face-first.

The technology giant was granted a patent last week on an invention that can detect when a handset is falling – and flips it to ensure the screen doesn’t hit the ground. The idea could also work with iPads and other devices.

Apple was granted a patent last week for the invention that shifts an internal weight in the device in mid-air so it doesn

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Apple was granted a patent last week for the invention that shifts an internal weight in the device in mid-air so it doesn"t hit the ground face first on impact. Industry experts point out that a prototype has yet to be tested

Apple’s design features on-board sensors that measure the speed that the phone is falling and predict when it will land and which side of the device will hit the floor.

If sensors calculate a delicate component, such as the screen or camera, will hit the ground, a motor is instantly activated within the phone. This moves an internal weight fast enough to affect the ‘rotational velocity’ of the device and spin it around as it falls, so that it lands on a reinforced area.

The effect is similar to how a falling cat always manages to land on its feet.

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And that’s not all. The patent even includes a system that would eject the headphone cord to avoid damage to the connector.

Victor Seidel, a lecturer in science entrepreneurship at Oxford University, said: ‘This does what a lot of successful innovations do: combines ideas in a way others had not considered, such as adding gyroscopic action within a smartphone.

‘But integrating this idea into current slimline designs may be a challenge. Of course, no one will really know the possible benefits and limitations until Apple gets prototypes into the hands of users – hands that are indeed sometimes clumsy.’

Industry insiders say an iPhone featuring the new technology may appear within three years.

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