The New Mobile Airbag Gadget could Prevent a Cellular Phone from Damage

Mobile Airbag Gadget Jul 11, 2018 • 5 min read

Mobile devices and gadgets confer mobility to users through a mobile tech, which could include a combination of software, hardware, operating system and networking. For the first time ever in the history of the world, there are more gadgets in the world these days than there are people, which include the growing number that communicate only with other machines. The number of active mobile devices and people crossed over somewhere eh 7.19 billion mark.

These days, the portable or mobile devices and gadgets, including tabs, smart and not-so-smart phones multiply five times quicker than people, with the population growing at a rate of around two people every second, or 1.2 percent per year. There is no other technology that impacted the world like the mobile device or phone. It is the fastest growing phenomenon that’s ever made by man, from zero to 7.2 billion in three decades.


Phone displays that are cracked, soon could be a thing of the past, this is in credit to the innovative mobile case created by a German engineering student. The gadget or device acts as an airbag to protect dropped smartphones from smashing. The case, built by a student of Aalen University in Germany, Philip Frenzel could sense if a phone is in a free fall and deploys small legs to protect from damage.

The shock-absorbers in the four corners of the case will not make it appear odd, since they lie flat within the case in normal scenarios. They will only be released with the case senses a free fall. The student, Philip Frenzel created the sensors detecting free fall of the cellular phone and developed a metal spring, which unfolds during a fall and the power and energy will cushion the fall. For the invention, called the AD Case, where the AD means active damping, Frenzel won an award from the German Mechatronics Society. He expects it to launch this month on Kickstarter, together with another student at the university. Frenzel started a startup, along with Peter Mayer, an Economics graduate from Aalen University, to launch the AD Case as a product.


People drop and break their phones all the time, but Philip Franzel may have the solution to save money, time and unnecessary stress. If the product, or a similar one like it, with enhanced design, will actually make it to the market, there is no doubt that it could help save people hundreds and even thousands of dollars that otherwise they would end up sending on smartphone repairs or buying new devices. The cracked screens era may soon be coming to an end sooner than expected.

While most phone cases do a stellar job to protect handsets when they are dropped and hit the deck, some drops are just too much, which leaves someone with a damaged handset and of course a costly repair bill. Ever since the first phone slipped from the hand, the number of technology companies have been looking for ways to protect the devices better from breaking upon impact.

Taking a cue from makers of cars, companies like Sony and Amazon have filed patents, which outline designs for miniaturized airbag systems, which inflate when the system detects that the phone is falling. However, while those ideas and plans remain sketched on paper, the engineering student from Germany took it upon himself to design a fully working smartphone protector, which springs into action just before the device hits the ground. The German Mechatronics Society was so taken by the airbag design that it awarded the engineering student a national prize for his efforts.


One noteworthy advantage of the mobile airbag over airbag systems is that the device could be reset quickly through pushing the prongs back inside the case. Even though the design may appear similar to what one may see flying about in a martial arts film, the prongs actually have been designed to be quite springy, to absorb the shock when the smartphone hits the ground.


The cellular phone has changed and has developed so rapidly during the last decade that it’s as if almost anything one could imagine is possible for the future. The convergence of all technology gadgets into a single mobile device would continue to advance and grow. It’s anticipated that the majority of the software and hardware could be moved to the cloud and the product would be comprised mainly of the input and the display.

In the future, cellular phones would become so much more naturally in sync with biological reflexes as well as processes, like eye movement, kinesthetic, thought processes and cultural preferences.


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Nishel Simson
Social Media Marketing @TatvaSoft Australia

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