There was also this Bezos patent that made the news a few years back with actual airbags: https://patents.google.com/patent/US20110194230A1/en
I'm certainly no patent lawyer and don't have any sense of how different such a device would have to be to be non-infringing and novel enough to patent. In any case, congratulations to him for actually building a working prototype.
Technically a capsule can qualify as a “mobile device”
Nope, little plastic arms
Though I can imagine some other false positive scenarios; like when you intentionally toss your phone onto a soft surface like your bed. The added protection is probably worth the minor inconvenience of having to reset the mechanism every time that happens though.
The shock absorption capacity is greater than necessary; experience shows that a simple silicone bumper is effective. The device can take a certain number of G's; it's not exactly an egg. A bumper also reduces drop incidents by providing grip. (Aluminum cases can dent through a bumper, though.)
A simple through hole or other means of strap attachment allowing a phone to be put on a string takes less space. "Bungee cord for your phone!" Cameras have strap attachments; it didn't catch on for phones due to the obsession with smooth design, perhaps.
 e.g. this Fujitsu phone https://cas.nttdocomo.co.jp/flcache_data/product/catalogue/s...
Existing protective cases are bulky and detract from the aesthetics of the more high-end phones, and a bungee cord would be really inconvenient; it'd get in the way when using your phone and you'd have to detach it every time you want to step away for a bit.
People had pocket watches on chains in the Victorian era.
The protection is not exactly the same; a case doesn't protect just against falls, but general wear and tear. There are situations in which your device can be damaged which do not involve a fall and deployment of the springs.
I'm very fond of the concept, but I think the implementation needs a lot of work.
This is a scary collection of words.
It's a cool concept, but at €299 I'd rather just use a normal helmet.
luckily he didn't fall before realizing. funny story though
Regardless, they're not legal in Australia, so even if I wanted to, I couldn't use one.
What would be harder to avoid would be unnecessary deployment when you intentionally toss your phone onto a soft surface, like your bed. (Though the fact that this mechanism is reusable makes that much less of a concern.)
From the look of the speed that it opens, yes it would probably hurt if it opened in your pocket.
I'd like to know which laws of "advanced mechanics" this invalidates.
> From the look of the speed that it opens, yes it would probably hurt if it opened in your pocket.
Which is definitely not supported by how that device has been constructed. It's not as if there are large torque servos operating those flippers, you can clearly see the mechanism is spring loaded and so the fabric will contain the device without any injury. Making the springs so strong that you could be injured is silly.
Even "drop" type coasters usually have enough friction to keep it from being 0 G.
Bungee jumping might do it.
Same for bungie jumping, trampolines etc.
In fact, I wonder if this wouldn't be a problem with any fall, say on ice etc.
But bungie jumping and trampoline jumping should not be done whilst you have anything on your person (keys, phone, wallet). You could easily end up hurt even without an airbag.
High speed impact x gorilla glass x crowds = ugly.
Loose items like hats, jewelry, flip-flops, sure. Items in your pocket? Not so much.
It's a sorry state, and as far as trampolines go, I'd consider it find as long as it does not impair your movement or hurt you if you land on the pocket, and it's tight enough to not fall out of the pocket if you were to walk on your hands upside down.
I can't find the exact photo at the moment, but I remember one of ads for a phone I came across did contain one.
Also, a quick search for "roller coaster selfie" shows exactly what you'd expect...
I was moderately dismayed this was not what happened, but the device is nevertheless really cool and may have some practical applications.
For me though one of the big downsides would be while traveling. This thing would never be allowed through airport security as a carry-on. It looks like mini knife like objects encased in a soft rubber casing. Yes, one can always take it off and store it in a checked-in bag. But if you forget then you will be forced to choose between dumping it or not boarding the flight. Not to mention the extra cavity search one might get as a bonus.
> Trips over
> Metal spike/pin into temple
Smaller, lighter, and fewer moving parts.
Unfortunately, it's the consumer that pays for that, literally, since they'll have to buy a new phone if it breaks (a win for manufacturer, so long as they buy the same one anyway).