New tech will protect your smartphone from falls

July 26th, 2013


Few things can elicit the same gut-grabbing sensation that seeing red lights flashing in your rearview mirror tends to.  For some folks, watching our cellphones slip and hit the ground in agonizing slow-mo is one of those things!  Ratchet up the likelihood of that happening if you've ever handed an impatient kiddo your phone while you're waiting in line at the bank, grocery store, etc.  How much would you pay to guard your smartphone from accidental drops and bumps? How about $35? That’s the amount you’d need to invest in the latest in smartphone-protection science, based on a recent feature by the New York Times’ Gadgetwise blog.

A new era of protection

The Gadgetwise column recently concentrated on a new generation of protective cases made for smartphones. According to the Times, these new cases do a significantly better job of cushioning smartphones.


The Times highlights the cases created by Tech21, a London-based firm. Based on the column, the cases made by Tech21 contain D30, a polymer material. If you happen to drop your phone and it’s protected by one of these cases, the D30 absorbs and redirects the force of an impact, keeping your prized smartphone safe.  "Impactology" is actually Tech 21's new trademarked term for "the science of protection".

A shrewd investment?

The best news? The cases made by Tech21 are reasonably priced, according to the Times. The company’s Impact Band case costs $30. Its more upscale Impact Mesh will cost you $35. That’s very little cash to spend on ensuring peace of mind.