A new Apple invention could make iPhone cases a thing of the past. The “Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device” identifies when a phone is falling and adjusts its center of mass to control its landing. The patent for the invention was recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Although the iPhone is specifically mentioned in the patent language, this technology could extend to any device. It works via a sensor that detects when a device is in free fall. Better still, it knows how the device is positioned relative to the ground, and makes internal adjustments accordingly.