FORTUNE -- We don't usually write about Apple's (AAPL) patents because the company files so many and so few ever see the light of day.
It describes a sensor-and-microprocessor system that can detect when an iPhone or iPad is falling and shift the device's center of balance so that it doesn't land on its most fragile parts.
Diagrams below courtesy of AppleInsider.
A pair of domestic animals put Apple's latest creation to the test
After baby meets iPad come the inevitable dog and cat videos.
The first, featuring Eric Rautio's cat Iggy (3 million YouTube hits and counting), is the most interesting, especially when Iggy starts fiddling around with Smule's Magic Piano. You never know when you start playing Magic Piano duets with strangers in cyberspace who's banging on the other keyboard.
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