New phone case springs open to protect your device when it falls

A new “active damping” phone case by Philip Frenzel,an engineer at Aalen University in Germany,could eliminate some of the horror of phone drops.

Dropping your phone is a heart-stopping experience.  Horror flashes in your eyes as your precious $1,000 mobile device of glass and fragile plastic hurtles down towards the concrete.  We’ve all been there.  A new “active damping” phone case developed by Philip Frenzel, an engineer at Aalen University in Germany, could eliminate some of the horror from the above scenario and leave you with the peace of knowing that your precious gadget will survive the drop. The phone case is designed to spring horns if dropped, causing it to land safely with a springy little bounce.  The invention would address a fairly common problem with phone cases: how do you protect your phone without compromising the aesthetic?  Bulky cases, though effective in protecting your device, don’t exactly scream style!  That’s why this case’s spring horn feature only deploys when the phone is in danger.  Sensors in the case detect when the phone is in free fall and then the activation mechanism is triggered.  The case has a set of eight metal curls that lie flat inside the case, but when released, they curl up and soften the impact of the fall.  Then, you simply pick up the phone and fold the springs back into their holsters. We know you’re excited about this!  Don’t worry; the patent has already been filed.  It should only be a matter of time before we see this handy new phone case out on the market.
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