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OnePlus 8T Concept: smartphone capable of changing colors

Will we one day be able to match the color of our smartphone to that of today’s jacket? Check out OnePlus 8T Concept.

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A few months after unveiling the Concept One, a smartphone equipped with a camera module capable of becoming invisible, OnePlus now unveils the 8T Concept, a device based on its latest high-end smartphone, the OnePlus 8T. On the back of the latter, there is a pattern capable of changing color.

An electrical transformation OnePlus 8T Concept

At first glance, one would have thought that the OnePlus 8T Concept is simply covered with LED panels, which would have allowed the Chinese manufacturer to achieve the same result at the expense of the battery. In fact, this device uses electrochromic glass similar to the one used in the camera module of its first concept smartphone. There are metallic oxides inside materials that react to electrical variations. This allows the device to turn from silver to dark blue almost instantly.

 

OnePlus 8T Concept Technology
OnePlus believes that a well-designed product must always serve one goal: a better user experience. The OnePlus 8T Concept uses a combination of natural design inspiration and advanced technologies to create a more natural interaction between users and the device.

Natural Design Inspiration
OnePlus designers took inspiration for these colors from the multi-hued flowing water in the hot springs of Pamukkale, Turkey. They identified the fact that 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.

Electronic Color, Material and Finish (ECMF)
ECMF allows the physical design of a device to work dynamically with the user and software features. The OnePlus 8T Concept ECMF uses a color-changing film that contains metal oxide in glass. The valence state of the metal ions varies under different voltages, so when the metal oxide activates, the color of the glass changes from a dark blue to a light silver.

Reactive Sensing Technology (ECMP + mmWave)
The ECMF design becomes truly interactive by working in combination with mmWave to change the way we interact with our technology. The working principle behind this technology, borrowed from 5G, is that the mmWave radar module transmits and receives electromagnetic waves. 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.

Potential User Benefits
Combining the shifting colors on the electrochromic back of the OnePlus 8TConcept with mmWave sensing technology is just the first step in opening up a wide range of possibilities for how people interact with their smartphones. In the near future, we believe there will be many more uses for reactive sensing.

  • Touchless notifications: ECMF could flash colors for an incoming call, and users could accept or reject the call with a simple gesture. That will allow users to control the OnePlus 8T Concept using gestures without even touching the device.
  • Breathing monitor: The mmWave technology can register a user’s breathing, enabling the color to change in sync and effectively making the phone a biofeedback device. The OnePlus 8TC Concept, in effect, breathes with you.

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