Amazon wins its insane gadget airbag patent

Yes, that’s air shooting out of what appears to be a tablet.

(Credit: Amazon/USPTO)

Amazon has been granted a patent for protecting gadgets from accidents by using tiny airbags and even jets of air.

The patent application made waves immediately after it was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last August. Amazon filed for it in February 2010, and was granted it today, Engadget notes.

At its core, the patent details a system that uses your gadget’s built-in gyroscope, accelerometers, camera and other onboard sensors to figure out if the device has gone airborne. If so, a system can keep the device from getting too badly damaged by changing its fall, and even deploying airbags to lessen the damage.

In practice this means a dropped device might even be able to survive a fall completely unscathed, except for people mistaking the entire episode for your extreme flatulence.

Whether or not the company plans to include such technology in a future … [Read more]

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