An Apple patent could remove the need to coat your beautiful gadgets in unsightly silicone. The “Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device” identifies when a phone is falling and adjusts its center of mass to control its landing and minimise the risk of damage.
Why has no one thought of this before? Controlling how a device lands on hard concrete could make the difference between no damage or a smashed screen.
From the patent, Apple states:
In one example, the protective mechanism is configured to alter the device orientation as the device is falling. This may allow a less vulnerable portion of the device to impact the surface at the end of a freefall. For example, the protective mechanism may be activated to rotate the device so that it may impact a surface on its edge, rather than on a screen portion.
The patent was filed way back in 2011 so don’t expect to see this tech in a handset any time soon… [mashable]