OnePlus 8T Concept phone is here, and it registers user’s breathing

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 21, 2020

OnePlus 8T Concept: What is it?

The first OnePlus concept phone - inventively dubbed the Concept One - was unveiled at CES at the start of this year, featuring an electrochromic color-changing glass panel that could hide and show the rear cameras when needed.

The 8T Concept wouldn't be unique in offering hands-free gestures as that's been available on phones (that you can actually buy) for a long while now, including the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. (Not without a case or Dbrand-style skin, anyway.) The OnePlus 8T Concept is different, though. The company took a regular OnePlus 8T and added Electronic Color, Material and Finish (ECMF) to the back - this is essentially a color-changing film that sits underneath the regular glass layer.

The OnePlus 8T Concept takes the trusted OnePlus 8T and jazzes it up with a flowy design pattern on the back.

To make the phone more interactive, OnePlus has embedded a mmWave sensor inside the large camera module. There is a colour-changing film behind the glass back panel that contains metal oxide in glass and can change its colour from dark blue to light silver. "Nature has perfected many designs, and by drawing inspiration from Pamukkale and other natural elements, we can craft new interaction experiences that are more natural, intuitive, and effortless". Even the other potential benefit of being a biofeedback device - the colour changing in response to a user breathing in and out - seems unlikely to be enough to persuade anyone to pick a phone with ECMF unless it was also better than rivals in performance, battery life, camera quality and price. Yes, the same mmWave that has become commonly associated with 5G.

Since this is a concept, OnePlus isn't putting this design into production soon. "When receiving electromagnetic waves, the digital signal processing (DSP) and CPU perform signal and information processing, allowing the device to perceive, image, locate, and track objects", says OnePlus. You could accept and reject calls on your phone with a gesture waved at the back and possibly have more control-based use cases open up without needing to touch the device.

That's all we've been told at this time, but I'm assuming OnePlus has more to share.

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