Smartphones are expensive yet delicate - a single impact on a hard surface can shatter their touchscreens, often damaging them beyond repair. Fitting a case offers only so much protection, but what about an airbag? Honda has explored the concept with the airbag-equipped Case N and even made a video about it. But alas, it isn't real.

For some reason, we really want it to be. Honda has a knack for surprising us with nearly unbelievable inventions designed to improve mankind's quality of life, contraptions like the Walking Assist Device and the UNI-CUB personal mobility devices, so the Case N isn't as far-fetched an idea for the company as you might think.

Head below to watch the video, where you can see the Case N concept in action. You'll also see its generous proportions, which is one reason why it's just a case of Honda humor - not (yet) a market reality.

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      Did your cell phone explode in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Say hello to the iPhone Air.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reading the comments here its as if people don't get that this is a joke. They are advertising the air-bags and safety in the Honda N, which have near ubiquitous coverage of airbags. And that's the joke. The N has a ridiculous level of safety.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Racism uncovers funny things sometimes. If this commercial were made in this country, all the morons who believed this was serious would have seen the joke. But since they think the Japanese are emotionless, over-techy, and basically Vulcan, they assume that this is serious. Don't get defensive about your racism, do something to get rid of it. It involves--gulp-- education.
      Robert Fahey
      • 1 Year Ago
      A shock-absorbing case would make a lot more sense and wouldn\'t risk injury. What if this went off in your pocket?
      Andrew Pappas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do all Honda engineers have to dress like Asimo?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kind of amusing. I wonder if this was some rejected R&D project that they just wanted to have fun with.
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      Honda has some of the most boring, uninspired products on the market, but go ahead Honda, airbags for cellphones are way more important anyways. /s
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      The info on the video says its fiction folks
      Ida No
      • 1 Year Ago
      Am I just being dense or is this a cleverly veiled commercial for the Honda N WGN that they have in Japan? I hope I'm not ruining the joke.
      Vasile Giurgiu
      • 1 Year Ago
      airbags for ski suit, water... suit, suit motorcycle :)
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