The Apple invention detected lately, represents a system which is specially developed for saving breakable parts of an iPhone. The system detects when the device is falling, and, by switching the handset’s center of mass, it controls the landing. Therefore, the protective mechanism ameliorates a part of the damage that could appear when a user unintentionally drops the gadget.
Although the invention is specially created for the portable devices used daily, like the iPhones, it is also able to protect tablets and all other electronic devices that come with a processor.
What Makes the “Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device” Function?
Firstly, the system necessitates a sensor or sensor array that is able to recognize when a device is in free fall, as well as, how it is disposed in relation to the ground. Even though, advanced components like GPS and imaging sensors can be utilized, the sensors can be also represented by ordinary gyroscopes, accelerometers or position sensors.
Additionally, there has to be a processor, connected to the sensor, and it is useful for establishing a free fall status. The processor also determines how far away it is from the ground, time to impact or the speed the device has.
Furthermore, the system requires a mechanism that will be able to adjust the device’s direction while in flight, or to protect certain delicate device components in the event of a fall.
The system also needs a memory system that, due to all statistics of fall heights, speeds etc. will help the processor decide on how to land the device.
In other words, the inventions functions in an understandable manner: the sensor delivers warnings to the processor, which determines if a device is in a free fall state. Once this determination is made, the protective mechanism begins to be utilized. Many of the embodiments concentrate on rearranging the device while in flight in order to make it crash a non-vital area or portion of the unit. For instance, the protective mechanism may be started in order to rotate the device so that it may crash a surface on its edge, instead of on a screen portion.
Unfortunately, it seems unlikely to integrate such a complex system like this one, into an iPhone anytime soon, especially because of the handset’s an increasing trend toward a thin-and-light design. However, future iterations or products may see a similar method employed as component miniaturization technologies advance.