We spend a lot of time deciding the color of our smartphone, but there is a more important choice: that of the cover. Because to protect our investment we will definitely want to buy a case, and ultimately that's what we will see all the time. And here comes the dilemma: aiming for a minimal bumper with a pleasant-to-the-touch plastic, or on a more solid option giving up a little aesthetics for greater safety?
Apple, apparently, is thinking of a new cover – and we are not talking about a simple renewal of the colors – a futuristic solution that could solve the problem: a cover that can change texture when it detects a fall, hardening to better absorb the bump. The patent registered by the USPTO today, September 15, is entitled "Active electromechanical materials for the protection of portable electronic devices".
We are talking about a case, of course, but the question is: what would these "active electromechanical materials" be?
The patent states that: "in some examples, the active electromechanical material includes magnetorheological elastomers (MRE) or electroactive polymers (EAP)". It's still:
When the electromechanical material is exposed to external stimuli (eg electric field, magnetic field, etc.), the aforementioned is activated, and the rigidity and viscosity are subsequently altered "
Basically, the case of the future that Apple thinks of is a classic shell that wraps the device, capable of offering the softness and comfort of rubber or leather when we hold the smartphone in our hand, but also of detecting a fall (it is not clear if this task is up to the iPhone that communicates with the cover, but it is possible) and to quickly change consistency to better resist shocks, when necessary. For this process to be effective, a key element is speed and Apple knows it well:
The electromechanical material can undergo a change in properties within a few milliseconds "
Often we focus only on smartphones, but the big changes in the sector can also affect those accessories that surround them: we think in recent years of the explosion of wearables. Who knows if in the future we will ever see a solution similar to that designed by Apple, and when: for sure it is important that I arrive on the market when it will be possible to set a price that is not too high. Otherwise, paradoxically, it would still be advisable to repair any damage.
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