People drop and break their smartphones all the time, but a German engineering student named Philip Frenzel may have the solution to save everyone some time, money, and unneeded stress. Spotted by DesignBoom, Frenzel has created the mobile airbag, a case that senses when your phone is in free fall and releases metal prongs to protect it from damage.

A student at Aalen University in Germany, Frenzel won an award from the German Mechatronics Society with the mobile airbag, and expects to launch the device on Kickstarter next month along with Peter Mayer, another student at the university, according to the German publication Preview Online.

If this product — or a similar one like it, with an improved design — actually makes it to market, there’s no doubt it could help save people hundreds of dollars they would otherwise end up spending on phone repairs or new devices. The era of cracked screens may be coming to an end sooner than we think.

The case, created by Philip Frenzel of Aalen University in Germany, senses when a phone is in a free fall and deploys small legs to protect it from damage, The Telegraph reported on Sunday.

The shock-absorbers in the four corners of the case do not make the case look odd as they lie flat inside the case in normal situations. They get released only when the case senses a free fall.

The student built the sensors that detect the free fall of the cell phone and developed a metal spring that unfolds during the fall and the power and energy cushions the fall, according to a report in the German publication Preview Online.

The dampers can be folded in manually after a fall and are reusable.

For his invention, called “AD Case” where AD stands for “active damping”, Frenzel won an award from the German Mechatronics Society.

He expects to launch the device on Kickstarter this month along with another student at the university. Frenzel founded a startup together with Peter Mayer, a graduate in economics from Aalen University, in order to launch his “AD Case” as a product.

Frenzel’s invention has already been registered for a patent, the report said.

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