ZTE previously announced the CSX project, with the purpose of crowdsourcing ideas and letting users vote on various proposed design. Today, they finally announced the result of the selection. The winner is the user-submitted Eye Tracking Self-Adhesive Phone after getting 36 percent of the votes.
The first noteworthy feature is the eye-tracking system. It uses the pair of frontal cameras to follow the user’s eye movement. This allows users to interact with the phone just through their different eye movement. One example is that the phone will automatically scroll down a page when you are reading the last lines on it.
Unfortunately, for the various eye-tracking function to work, the phone needs to remain in a stable position so that the cameras can pick up the subtle movements of your eyes. This is where the second main trait of the phone comes in, the self-adhesiveness.
The back of the phone’s case will include self-adhesive polymers, which will allow users to stick the phone on various surfaces like walls, railings, plastic supports or any stable surface. Additionally, the screen of the eye-tracking self-adhesive phone will make use of a split screen design. It means that it will only show information and content to the person sitting right in front of it. If anyone else tries to look at it from a different angle, they will only see a static background image. This feature may be great for those who want privacy when using their phone’s in a crowded space but it also may prove to be a slight annoyance if it can’t be turned off manually.
Although the eye-tracking self-adhesive phone won the contest, there were other quirky ideas that made it into the top five. These include Intelligent Smartphone Covers which got 21 percent of the vote, a Stock Android Flagship with 19 percent, a VR-interactive Diving Mask garnered 16 percent and finally a Powerglove controlled by a smartphone only got 8 percent. According to ZTE, thousands of people from around 176 countries voted in the contest.
The eye-tracking self-adhesive phone will be launched in 2017 after the company decides on a proper name for the device. The phone may prove more revolutionary than intended. Although it may prove helpful to ordinary users, the eye tracking self-adhesive phone may increase the access to technology for people with various handicaps.
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