December 04, 2014 12:53
Apple has developed a new technology that promises to protect fragile smartphone screens from shattering. CNET on Tuesday said the Californian IT giant was awarded a patent for the protection system.
The technology automatically calculates an estimated point of impact by vibration the moment a phone starts to fall and move the center of gravity to avoid the sensitive parts of the phone such as the front screen from hitting the ground.
Instead, the more durable parts of the smartphone like the sides or the back will be in contact with the ground.
An internal sensor detects the movement and location of the phone, calculates the distance, angle, and speed of the fall and sends a falling signal, which in turn activates the protective mechanism.
"While Apple's most recent iPhone 6 and 6 Plus incorporate bespoke linear oscillating motors that do not use an eccentrically connected rotational mass, previous models did, meaning the patent could easily be worked into an upcoming variant," Apple Insider reported.
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