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Laptop Airbag

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An accelerometer detects weightlessness, as when the computer has started to fall or is in free flight, and inflates the outer case into an appropriately sized ball, displaying the manufacturer's logo.
FlyingToaster, Nov 04 2011

Retro-tech solution http://www.youtube....watch?v=RCVPNQhXtq8
[TolpuddleSartre, Nov 07 2011]

Similar, smaller Hacky_20Sack_20Cell_20Phone
[shudderprose, Nov 07 2011]

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       Punnily enough, it seems floorless. except when using the computer during flight and an air pocket is hit. Coincidently the Mrs dropped her ipad as I typed.
Ah Supp, Nov 05 2011
  

       I just thought of one for the i-pod/i-phone (an i-pad/laptop would be too heavy): instead of turning into a sphere, the case turns into a porcupine.
FlyingToaster, Nov 05 2011
  

       //Flying Toaster// Great. That should please a few of the pricks who possess one. they should readily identify with them, especially if the deployed sphere causes the device to roll under the wheel of an oncoming bus.
Ah Supp, Nov 05 2011
  

       // or is at the zenith of its parabolic travel//   

       The apparent weightlessness of an unpowered projectile occurs throughout its parabolic trajectory. So, you won't be able to detect the zenith by means of accelerometers.   

       Not to say this isn't a good idea, though.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 06 2011
  

       Then let's make it a powered projectile.
AusCan531, Nov 06 2011
  

       The whole problem could be solved by making a neutrally-bouyant laptop.   

       Or retro-rockets.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 06 2011
  

       //retro-rockets// Yes!! Rockets modelled on Soviet era rockets, or the one from Tintin - Destination Moon would be far out!
spidermother, Nov 07 2011
  
      
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