In a recent report from The Verge, a new OnePlus‘ concept smartphone design is a marveling design which actually changes in its color is said to likely make it to a final production smartphone in the near future. Its basically a concept that’s based on the OnePlus 8T smartphone released not very long ago just with a really unique design aesthetics which includes motion-tracking radar module.
The Chinese tech giant is said to have achieved this color-changing effect with a film that contains metal oxide which sits underneath the device’s glass back and then changes color as different voltages are applied to it.
The color-changing effect can happen based on different reasons and an example is during an incoming call which then lit up the device’s back.
The light module is built into the camera bump at the back of the device and uses millimeter wave radar to bounce electromagnetic waves off its surroundings which allows the phone to “perceive, image, locate and track objects”.
Although OnePlus says this mmWave technology is “borrowed from 5G,” it adds that the radar module is separate from any mmWave communication module in the phone. One can attribute this to the previous Google Pixel 4’s radar-enabled Motion Sense technology which allows smartphone users to swipe their hand above the device to perform things such as skipping music tracks or silencing an alarm.
I believe this technology can do much more than just changing colors and that includes using it to answer phone calls with hand gestures. The juicy part is when you have a call and then you get to see the device’s back color change and then have the option to swipe to pick the call or not without needing to touch the device itself.
While there is no possibility of actually seeing this feature on an actual smartphone or maybe it’ll never be released or maybe OnePlus could take the route of putting it on a special-edition of its next-gen smartphone for those that can afford it but don’t forget the OnePlus Concept One with hiding cameras based on electrochromic glass that makes its back camera disappear. Well w haven’t seen a consumer version of it yet and we’ll probably not.
As with the Concept One before it, OnePlus says it has no plans to commercially sell the OnePlus 8T Concept, so it’s best thought of as a small showcase of what the company is working on. But with any luck, the technology could yet come to one of its real smartphones one day.