Can Homemade Flubber Protect An iPhone From A 100-Foot Drop?

August 16, 2016

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This is a video from the folks at Gizmoslip testing whether or not an iPhone encased in a blob of homemade flubber can survive a 100-foot fall. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER: Yes, it can. The "flubber" (which appears to have none of the characteristics of actual flubber) basically dematerializes on impact, but the phone survives minus a pretty gnarly dent in one corner. If that was my phone the entire phone would have exploded. I have the worst luck with phones. No lie, one time I was sitting on the can with my pants around my ankles and my phone fell out of my pocket and the screen shattered. That was like a drop of four inches, tops. It wasn't even a drop, it like slid down my shoe. So yeah, a flubber iPhone case. It's perfect for the person that doesn't want to break their phone, plus doesn't mind that carrying it in your pocket will make people think your penis must look like a stack of pancakes.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to carey, who protects her phone the smart way: making her significant other carry it and making them replace it if anything happens to it because it was all their fault.

  • Forblat

    This is a non-newtonian fluid like Oobleck-this one is commonly called slime or gak, NOT flubber:

    http://www.indypl.org/kids/...

    Also, the recipe link from the video is weirdly an LDS site for families instead of something useful like the above that explains what's going on. SECRET MORMON VIDYA!

  • GeneralDisorder

    https://youtu.be/96pJewGqKX...

    Skip to 3:42.

    Then once it drops you can skip from the replay up to about 4:30.

  • FearlessFarris

    iPhones are not built nearly as ruggedly as several Android-based competitors. It can be argued whether this is a case of Apple valuing form over function, or just that Apple benefits from the increased revenue streams created by damaged phones. In either case, I'm amazed that Apple's customers continue to buy iPhones without demanding a fix.

  • Meh

    Seriously i have like an iphone 4s i think, bought it 2nd hand, dropped it maybe once on the carpet, and that shits all right. People are just slobs when it comes to personal possessions. Especially if they don't have to buy/pay for new ones themselves.

  • Jan Bergström

    Believe me or not, I'm still using my 1st generation iPhone bought 2008. Drop many many times on different surfaces, the back cover looks like dark side of the moon, but everything's still fine, just can't install new Apps.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I'm pretty impressed with iPhone hardware. Not quite on durability but that will steadily improve over time. They're starting to use sapphire crystal screen glass which is so much stronger than Gorilla Glass and Gorilla Glass is really tough stuff.

    It won't be long until some quack comes up with Diamonedium and makes everything out of that. And phones will then have salvage value due to their indestructible nature.

  • Ollie Williams

    Or, you know, take care of your shit and don't drop your phone.

  • dougfunnay

    shit happens man
    ive never broken a phone but ive seen it happen more times than i can count
    its all well and good to say "take care of your shit" until someone bumps you while your answer a call or any number of other things that arent entirely in your control
    hell sometimes you just fuck up

    iphones are extremely over priced trendy little turds designed to be obsolete nearly immediately
    i kinda like them but wouldnt consider getting one unless it was <1/2 the price
    youre paying for a mass produced piece of pop "art" and social acceptance

    unless youre going for the status symbol aspect they are a frivolous waste of money

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