It shoots out the shock-absorbers from the four corners of the case when sensors detect the phone is in free fall. Frenzel is reportedly planning to commercialise the case starting with a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
Philip Frenzel has devised a solution to the inherent problem with phone cases - if they're genuinely protective then they will add considerable heft and bulk to your device, while elegant and sleek designs offer little in the way of protecting your device if you drop it.
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Preview Online explains that the case is equipped with sensors that can tell when the device is in free fall. The metal curls pop out and curl up in opposite directions, protecting the edges of the phone from impact and softening the blow considerably compared to hitting a concrete floor. These curled metal "legs" (for the lack of a better term) can be flattened and pushed back into the slim phone case for another day, another mishap. You can see the case in action in the (German) video below. Frenzel is an engineer at Aalen University in Germany and his idea won the top award from the German Society for Mechatronics, which considered projects from students all over the country.
Now a prototype, he expects to launch the device on Kickstarter next month along with Peter Mayer, another student at the university, according to the German publication Preview Online. Others believe it comes down to a phone's processor performance, or the amount of RAM, or how much storage ... And it's already winning awards. If Frenzel and his team can come up with more streamlined and refined model, then they could have a winning formula on their hands.