The German society for Mechatronics have recently given the award for outstanding work in the field of mechatronics. All across Germany, universities were asked to submit their best bachelor theses.
The most interesting of the inventions was created by the winner of the first place prize. 25 year old Philip Frenzel created an ingenious idea to develop an airbag for a mobile phone!
Frenzel said his goal was to not compromise the aesthetic of the phone with an ugly protective shell, and instead have something that only deploys when the phone is in danger.
To achieve this, he created a mechanism with sensors able to detect when the phone is free falling and quickly activate before it hits the surface.
The curled metal legs lie flat inside the case, however once released they pop out to soften the blow of the fall, protecting the phone from impact.
The project is to be financed by crowdfunding on Kickstarter in July!