I’ve got to admit I’ve been walking around with a smashed iPhone screen for over a year now and with it being a, somewhat considered, expensive task to fix – having an iPhone case that actually protects your phone from a fall would have been proven useful.
Meet the “active damping case” a device for iPhones which opens up ‘feet’ with momentum to create a cushion when falling.
Developed by Philip Frenzel, an engineer at Aalen University in Germany, it won the top award at the German Society for Mechatronics.
The device uses eight thin metal curls that normally lie flat inside the case. When the device is released, they pop out of the case and curl up. This protects the edges of the phone from any impact and softens the blow considerably compared with a full stop on the concrete, which is often what normal cases seem to fail to do.
Despite being a genius invention, it can’t actually be purchased as of yet – and Frenzel has made sure to apply for a patent for its design.
Take a look at the preview of the case here: https://www.pre-view-online.com/?pm_id=6154&PHPSESSID=70e03ee28be5181fc929329bfd92d6f7