This is cool if Apple can pull it off. It’s a patent application for a mechanism that will shift an iPhone’s weight balance to protect the screen if someone drops the handset.
According to the application, this can work for any device that has a processor in it, such as smartphone, tablet or laptop. A sensor detects when the device is in falling, and figures out its position through a combination of accelerometers and gyroscopes. It quickly figures out where the ground is and how fast it’s falling. From there, it has a mechanism that will try to turn the device so that it doesn’t land on the screen.
That’s pretty interesting, but it sounds like a lot to do in just a split second. Then again, I’m not an expert on how this can all work when applied to a real-world situation.