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Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos announced plans to patent autonomous airbags or propulsion systems that can safeguard a phone.

Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos announced plans to patent autonomous airbags or propulsion systems that can safeguard a phone.

Bezos filed a patent application for the idea quite a while ago, but it became public on Thursday, and was first reported on Geekwire technology news site.

One idea is to embed one or more small airbags inside the phone, according to the filing. If the device is at risk of damage from a fall, the airbags would instantly inflate via an embedded cartridge of compressed air or carbon dioxide.

The system would use the phone’s own gyroscope and camera to detect motion and distance from other objects to determine if the phone is indeed falling, Geekwire explains. Then the system would deploy protective measures.

The monitoring system could either detect which side of the phone will hit the ground and deploy the airbag there, or pop airbags out of multiple sides of the device.

In another example cited in the application, springs would be deployed instead of an airbag.

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