Pretty Soon Your iPhone will Have Cat-Like Reflexes

(Via Newsy) – If you’re anything like us, you have a tough time keeping your phone’s screen crack-free. Ouch.
But, if you happen to own an iPhone, Apple might soon be giving you a hand — that is, if your phone were to slip out of your hand. (Video via Apple)
On Tuesday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent filed by the company that would quote, “[alter] the center of mass of the electronic device by moving the mass in the protective mechanism in response to detecting the freefall of the electronic device.”
Which in layman’s terms translates roughly to: If you drop it, it will fall kind of like a cat. iPhones and cats in the same story, how do you like that, Internet? (Video via YouTube / SmarterEveryDay)
According to Gizmodo, the hypothetical iDevice enhancement would use “input from a combination of gyroscopes, accelerometers, and GPS” to reorient the device in free fall — protecting fragile components.

Which, according to National Geographic, isn’t too far off from how cats do it.

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