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Amazon CEO Files Patent For Smartphone Airbags

Sites include . Published on August 16th, 2011. Written by Debbie Parker.

This is good news for clumsy smartphone owners. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos has invented the solution for people who often drop their smartphones. He filed a patent application recently that listed him and Amazon Greg Hart as investors. The patent application is called a system and method for protecting devices from impact damage.

 Amazon CEO The invention features a safety monitoring system that utilizes a camera, gyroscope, radar, infrared beam and other sensors to determine when a device will be damaged from an impact. Once it computed the risk, it would deploy an impact protection in form of springs, airbags, or air propulsion.

The impact protection could be the combination of various mechanisms. For instance, air can be expelled to position the device so that it could land on one the side where the airbags are located. Another suggestion is to have several small airbags on the device that would inflate through embedded cartridge of compressed carbon dioxide or air. It even suggested using springs that would be deployed instead of airbags.

The patent was filed last February 2010 and was recently made public on the US Patent Office web site. It would be unlikely to find such device on sale on Amazon any time soon.

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