Now, an airbag to protect your smartphone from cracking

Updated 17 December 2012
0

Now, an airbag to protect your smartphone from cracking

LONDON: US technology giant Amazon has devised a new motion-sensor technology for an airbag that can protect your gadgets including smartphones, cameras and tablets from cracking when dropped. The system uses motion sensors, already built into most smartphones, to detect when a phone has been dropped and the mini airbag is then deployed before it hits the floor. A traditional airbag in cars is deployed upon impact, cushioning the passengers’ heads as they are thrust forward.
The phone system hopes to use similar techniques to prevent damage to the mobile upon inevitable impact. Amazon has devised a new technology for an airbag that can protect your gadgets from cracking when dropped. The idea is the brainchild of Amazon, which has patented the protective system for mobile phones, electronic readers such as Amazon’s own Kindle, computer tablets and cameras, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.
This week the company won approval for the patent, which was filed in America by Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, 48, a self-made billionaire who has forged a career from pioneering ideas. “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 eliminate damage to the device,” the patent said. The patent details a system that utilizes a gadget’s built-in gyroscope, camera, accelerometers and other onboard sensors in order to determine if the device has entered an airborne state. If it has, the technology will release airbags to reduce potential damage — or possibly even change the trajectory of its fall by firing jets of air.


Once again! Ahlam latest appearance on The Voice draws attention

Updated 27 min 1 sec ago
0

Once again! Ahlam latest appearance on The Voice draws attention

CAIRO: Once again, Ahlam’s latest appearance on The Voice has left the prorgam’s fans divided on social media.
All eyes were on the Emirati star whom, as usual, sparked controversy with her latest haircut and outfit during Saturday’s night show.
Surprisingly, Ahlam Al-Shamsi applied blue ombre tips to the end of her short, wavy black hair styled by Lebanese hairdresser Tony Sawaya. She also wore a black henna tattoo on her forehead and chin in what fans saw as a bold move.
Her causal outfit was by French fashion house Balmain, made of an embroidered black shirt with a long white cardigan on top.
“What do you think of my look tonight?” the singer wrote on Instagram to see her fans’ reactions.
“It’s different, I know,” she added.
Some fans accepted her appearance, commending how elegant and fashionable the icon looked.
Others wrote to her saying she looked better in simple appearance, with some writing harsh, anti-tattoo comments on her page.