It’s a sinking feeling: You’re showing off your newly purchased smartphone as it slips out of your grip and falls to the concrete sidewalk below. This doesn’t have to be the death of your favorite mobile device though, not if you’ve invested in one of the newest cases — which have science backing them — designed to protect smartphones from unexpected falls.

Science of protection

According to the Times, there’s a fresh science developing around cushioning the blows that smartphones suffer when people drop them or inadvertently hit them against a wall. This makes sense — smartphones have become increasingly important in our lives. It’s little surprise that companies would spend big dollars to produce new solutions to protect them.


The Times concentrated on the London-based Tech21, a company that has created D30, a polymer that it injects in the edges of its smartphone cases. As stated by Tech21, this polymer absorbs any shocks – from falls or bangs – that smartphones receive. The polymer then redirects the impact of these falls and bangs so the smartphone it protects isn’t damaged.

An investment worth making?

Are the cases worth your investment? Probably. According to the Times story, the Impact Band case developed by Tech21 costs $30. The Impact Mesh case runs $35. Both can make smartphone drops less catastrophic occurrences.

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