Drop a cat and it knows how to twist its body around so it lands on its feet. Studying this scientific principle, Apple engineers may use this idea to help your next iPhone from breaking the next time you drop it.
Apple inventors Fletcher Rothkopf, Colin Ely and Stephen Lynch propose techniques including a sliding or spinning mass inside the phone to change the orientation of the device as it falls. They also suggest that a tiny canister inside the phone could blast out gas through external nozzles to change orientation, like thrusters on a spaceship, or even to provide a lunar-lander experience for the phone.
If the next iPhone includes technology to keep it from landing on its face and breaking its glass, you can thank a cat for protecting your iPhone.