The internet is going crazy over the news of an “airbag” designed to keep iPhones and the like from crashing when they’re dropped. It is an ingenious device that springs out blade-like wings. There is no actual bag involved in the process, or any air. Yet many are clambering for the device. Others see a few potential flaws in the design.
Students designs a “mobile airbag” for your phone when it’s dropped.
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY pic.twitter.com/WVmfzqR5lz
— Carl Forrest (@CarlForrest) June 27, 2018
Shut up and take my money, is a popular refrain. Despite the potential design flaws, there are plenty who would want the device.
Apple will buy this, patent it & it’ll never see the light of day. Or they will make their own one and charge the consumer £10000
— MOSES THE BLACK KING (@its_moses1) June 27, 2018
Designing is the simple part. Bringing it to market might present its own set of challenges.
Apple already patented this in 2016 https://t.co/QFTLtK61h4
— Steve Lister (@Steve__Lister) June 28, 2018
Some feel like the set of patents Apple already holds might prevent the device from moving beyond the design phase.
what if this drops from my hand on my face at night bc it happens to all of us
— тia (@yoops3) June 28, 2018
Dropping it on your face could be an issue. Even with the rubber on the blades, the legs are still pointy.
— Cris/Cimmie (@DarqueKiss) June 28, 2018
That could create some issues with depth perception.
Also, an anti-theft function should be included involving some blades
— psybreeze (@psybreeze) June 27, 2018
Could the devices have another use? Springing them on a drop is handy. Springing the blades on command might be useful, too.
If that goes off in my front pocket . . . pic.twitter.com/356VrKgOf6
— Alan Wright (@abwright68) June 28, 2018
Would it engage if you took a fall?
— Michael Wheeler (@theskorm) June 28, 2018
Some of these folks are trying hard to understand how it works. This is one of the easier explanations.
Let’s just call it “mobile airbag” even though there’s no air or bag so non-technical people understand what we trying to sell, smooth https://t.co/uM8UxEWhA8
— Shonga (@Cartoon_Cultist) June 28, 2018
Despite the humor, the device is one that clearly has a market. There’s a need, for sure. If the profile slims down further, and the device isn’t compromised by the dirt and grime phones pick up in pockets, this will be a winner.
Source: The Tribunist