The year was 2011. Dual-core was king, and 720p displays were still a few months away. As always, smartphone manufacturers were looking for the next big “hook” to really make their handsets stand out, and a couple of them, perhaps emboldened by the arrival of the Nintendo 3DS, decided to give their phones some autostereoscopic (no glasses required) 3D displays of their own. The fad failed to catch on in any appreciable manner, and the industry has apparently moved on, putting such technology behind it. That doesn’t mean that 3D phones are out of the spotlight forever, and one very special HTC EVO 3D is in the news this week, after saving a man’s life.
And we don’t mean “saved his life” in some hyperbolic sense, like the phone successfully reminded him to get to a really important business meeting on time. Yesterday morning, a man robbed a gas station in Florida, holding the staff at gunpoint. When the robber couldn’t gain access to the store’s safe, he ran off, firing a shot in the process. That bullet was headed straight for a clerk until his HTC EVO 3D got in the way.
The bullet easily shattered the phone’s screen, but all the dense electronics seemed to have slowed the projectile enough for it to get caught in the handset’s battery. Apparently, this deadened the impact to the extent that the clerk wasn’t even aware at first that he had been hit.
So, what’s the lesson here? Carry a smartphone in every pocket you can, obviously.