OnePlus’ latest concept phone is the color-changing, motion-tracking 8D

OnePlus has a new concept phone to show off, which is a way to tease technology, which is one of the company’s future phones. The OnePlus 8D Concept is a similar phone OnePlus 8D It was released two months ago, but it has a unique rear design that changes color with the motion-tracking radar module.

According to OnePlus, this color-changing effect is achieved with an image containing metal oxide, which changes color as different voltages are applied to the underside of the phone’s glass. Like the notification light added to its phones in the past, it may change the color of the phone’s notifications to display the incoming phone call. Things get a lot more interesting when paired with a radar module mounted on the back of the concept phone.

OnePlus shows how the design on the back of the phone changes color.
Image: OnePlus

Built in the camera pump on the back of the phone, this module uses millimeter wave radar to emit electromagnetic waves from its surroundings and allows the phone to “perceive, image, detect and monitor objects”. While OnePlus claims that this MMwave technology is “borrowed from 5G”, it adds that the radar module is separate from any other MMwave communication modules on the phone.

Functionally, it is identical Pixel 4Radar-enabled motion sense technology that allows you to swipe your hand over the phone to avoid music tracks or to set alarms. It may detect your presence to show you time and any notifications. The functionality is interesting, but Google did not include it in subsequent phones.

This concept phone can use this motion tracker to do simple things like gesture answering a phone call or provide advanced functionality like sensing the user’s breath. You can combine this by changing its color to provide some interesting application events. For example, you can change the color of its back to indicate an incoming call and then accept or reject it by gesture without touching the phone. Or radar can sense your breath and then change the color of its back in real time, “effectively turning a phone into a biofeedback device,” says OnePlus.

This is an ambitious set of features, but there is no guarantee that we will see them come to the consumer device. After all, OnePlus showed it a year ago OnePlus comment one, An interesting device that used electrochromic glass to make its rear cameras disappear (and it worked very neatly ND filter). However, this technology has not yet appeared on the company’s flagship phones.

Like the concept one before it, OnePlus says it has no plans to sell the OnePlus 8D concept commercially, so it is considered a small showcase of what the company does. But with any luck, technology may still one day come to its true smartphones.

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