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Drop phone protection
Do you frequently drop your iPhone? It might become no problem. In March, Apple was granted a patent that would use two ways to protect your iPhone from a fall. Sensors in a protective mechanism (right) could detect how far and fast it is falling and turn it mid-air to land on a safe spot on its frame. Kind of like a cat. Here's the patent application.
The other way has the protective mechanism actually slow its decent by triggering an "air foil" that would act like a parachute that uses gas instead of silk. Here's a description from ZDNet's sister site, CNET.