July 17, 2018

German student builds a "Mobile AirBag" that protects phones from a collision

03 July 2018, 07:29 | Casey Mitchell

Student Invents a 'Mobile Airbag' That Deploys When a Device is Dropped

Active Damping Case Solves the Phone Drop Problem

The student built the sensors that detect the free fall of the cell phone and developed a metal spring that unfolds during the fall and the power and energy cushions the fall, according to a report in the German publication Preview Online.

An ingenious new case aims to protect your smartphone without adding bulk to it, by deploying a sort of a mobile airbag when necessary.

The era of cracked screens may be coming to an end sooner than we think after a German engineering student, Philip Frenzel, created a prototype device called "the mobile airbag", a protective case that will protect your screen and phone when it falls. The legs appear to soften the impact of a fall more than your average case, while also making it less likely your smartphone's more fragile bits come into contact with a hard surface (h/t The Verge).

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Phillip Frenzel, a 25-year-old master's student at Aalen University in Germany, came up with his idea after breaking his phone by throwing the jacket containing it over a banister.

"Our vision with ADcase is a smartphone case that combines maximum protection with sleek design", reads the company website. When your phone is in free fall, the airbag activates spring-enabled plastic claws to prevent it from bouncing on the surface.

This, however, is a fault common to most, if not all, case designs on the market today.

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An "active damping" (AD) phone case has built-in sensors and eight springs that look like hooks.

The case won an award from The German Society for Mechatronics for outstanding work in the field on mechatronics. Frenzel is planning to launch a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter this month.

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