Honda teases an airbag for your smartphone but the idea isn't that far-fetched

By on December 5, 2013, 12:45 PM

Smartphones (and the cases that protect them) have come a long way over the past several years but even so, a single unfortunate drop, even with a hefty case in place, can result in a cracked screen or worse. But what if your phone had even more protection from gravity… like, an airbag?

That’s exactly what Honda is teasing in this clip. Dubbed the Case N, it’s a rather humorous attempt at solving the issue of cracked smartphone screens. It’s not real of course but the truth is, it may not be that far from reality.

If you recall, Amazon received a patent last year covering various methods to save gadgets from fall damage including, you guessed it, an airbag. An equipped device would use an array of sensors to detect when the phone is in freefall and deploy a protective airbag to minimize damage on impact.

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dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Airbag? Interesting idea. How long before Apple claim patent infringement of their Windbag attached devices?

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I like the ski-jump and pocket flip tests. Didn't understand a word of it, except "smartophone", but it was cute. The airbag is a peculiar contraption. But if Nissan can make self-healing cases, then go for it Honda, and make air bar cases to protect phones!

Guest said:

Seems like making plastic screens that feel like glass would be much simpler. I'm sure it is already possible, but why would phone companies invest in an idea that will make them lose money? Obviously broken phones need replacing or repairing. Selling an indestructible product is not good for business.

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Selling an indestructible product is not good for business.
In this case, selling a self-destructible device is a good idea.

Forg0t2 said:

Selling an indestructible product is not good for business.
In this case, selling a self-destructible device is a good idea.

I can see the real nerds tinker with its software to make it go boom in pockets and swell up everyones pants,....

lipe123 said:

Lmao the pic of him and his cat on the cracked screen. This is hilarious

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