Amazon gets patent for tablet airbag

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Drawing of Jeff Bezos phone protection patent

Jeff Bezos must be a pretty clumsy billionaire because he just patented a method for putting airbags on mobile devices. While the method is never called an "airbag system" in the patent, that's exactly what it is.

"Prior to impact between a surface and a device, a determination of a risk of damage to the device is made. If the risk of damage to the device exceeds a threshold, a protection system is activated to reduce or substantially eliminate damage to the device." reads the patent.

So it's like the airbag in your car, expect it's on a tablet.

Usually, it would be easy to say the guy who invents the tablet airbag is crazy. But when the name on the application is that of the founder of Amazon, you got to think he's on to something. Bezos is a self-made billionaire who makes a lot of money on un-traditional ideas.

So while a gadget airbag sounds like a terrible idea, maybe its not. Just maybe it will revolutionise the smartphone market and soon led to patent wars on airbag technology. Just maybe it's the greatest thing ever made. Maybe soon we'll all be able to dash our Kindle's to the floor in the knowledge that they're safe from harm.

Or maybe it's just a terrible idea.

12 Dec 2012

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