People are constantly dropping and breaking their smartphones, but a German engineering student named Philip Frenzel may have the solution to save everyone's time, money, and unnecessary stress. Spotted by DesignBoom Frenzel has developed the mobile airbag, a case that detects when your phone is in free fall and releases metal tines to protect it from damage.
Frenzel, a student at the University of Aalen in Germany, won a prize of the German Mechatronics Society with the mobile phone airbag and expects the device to appear next month along with Peter Mayer on Kickstarter, another student at the university the German publication Preview Online .
If this product – or a similar product with improved design – actually puts it on the market, there's no doubt it could help save people hundreds of dollars that they would otherwise spend on phone repairs or new equipment. The era of broken screens could end sooner than we think.