Apple Said Only 9 iPhones Bent – Here’s a Video of 300 of Them!

Here we were, thinking that we had heard the last of Bendgate. Let us summarise what Bendgate is all about, just in case you should have been out of media coverage since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were launched.

The first images and complaints about bent iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appeared just a few days after the launch-event on twitter and other social media sites. People were complaining about their brand new expensive phones bending while carrying them in their trouser pockets.

Defenders claimed that people were at own fault when having their phones in the back-pocket or skin-tight jeans. But it didn’t just happen in those scenarios according to reports, it also happened to people wearing normal trousers and having the iPhone in the front pocket. Apple publicly denied that this was a big issue and said they only got reports of 9 phones in total that had bent.

The internet wasn’t satisfied with this statement and about a month ago a new website sprung up called One of the Nine. Their goal is collect photos of bent iPhones to show that more than nine units are affected like Apple said. Despite not having had much media coverage, the site already got 327 photos where off the first 300 images have been compiled into a video accompanied by a song that’s almost guaranteed to make you smile while watching it.

Thanks to BGR for providing us with this information

Video courtesy of One of the Nine

iBend – New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Reportedly Bending in Pockets.

If you’ve just picked up one of Apple’s hot new smartphones, we’ve got some very bad news. Reports are swirling that the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models have a major design flaw – the framework of the phone seems to be able to bend with extreme ease; permanently altering and damaging the devices shape and stature. Hundreds of people have taken to Twitter to post about their experiences with their bent iPhone, with many claiming their device became bent simply by storing it for long periods of time in their front jeans pocket.

MacRumours highlighted one particular forum board post that stated:

Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back.

So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly.

As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again ), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhones slightly distorted.

A popular YouTuber ‘Unbox Therapy‘ also posted a fairly in-depth look at the strength and build of the iPhone 6 Plus. The video is available below for viewing. The reports of iPhone 6’s and 6 Plus’ bending so easily and drastically has the potential to lead to an unprecedented level of recalls for Apple’s iPhone device – and to be honest we’re extremely surprised to see a fault as major as this this slipping through Apple’s renowned build quality, engineering and testing procedures. One thing is for certain however – Cupertino looks like it might be in for a very rough set of months ahead, and it will be extremely interesting to see how the company reacts to the shocking reports. At the time of writing we don’t have any iPhone 6’s on us to test the construction out – and even if we did, we’d be very weary breaking such an expensive piece of technology. For those of you who have picked up Apple’s latest iPhone – handle with care.

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Thanks to DailyDot for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Twitter Users @nelsoncardoz and @FlorianP123

Walking Bio-Bots Powered By Muscles Becoming a Reality

First of all, a ‘bio-bot’ is a machine which uses synthetic 3D-printed material with biological muscle tissue. Having stated the latter, researchers from the University of Illinois have apparently developed the so-called bio-bots in question, taking us one step further into the future of technological advancements.

Some might wonder how the bio-bots work and what is so special about them. The answer lies in the muscle fibers, having them spiked with electricity in order to contract. The muscles are attached to flexible 3D-printed skeleton frameworks, resulting in bending the skeleton when the muscles contract and reverting back to its original state when they relax. This in the end produces movement, combining biological and synthetic material to achieve such an action, thus the name ‘bio-bot’.

It is said that researchers have been working on similar projects since 2012. At that time, a walking bio-bot prototype used rat heart cells in order to provide motion. However, the researchers found out that the rat cells were not responding well to the induced electricity and couldn’t control when they fired. However, it appears that the ‘new version’ has solved this problem.

“Skeletal muscles cells are very attractive because you can pace them using external signals,” head researcher Rashid Bashir said. “We want to have different options that could be used by engineers to design these things.”

The group of researchers from Illinois sees bio-bots potentially useful for surgical aids and drug delivery vehicles. The group also emphasized that, having their own neurons, they could even recognize and respond to light and chemical stimuli. The group has apparently published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which is a good place to get more details about the bio-bots in question.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of The University of Illinois and Nature World News