OnePlus 8T Concept smartphone has recently been unveiled, based on the OnePlus 8T flagship phone. It comes with an all-new back panel that features a color-changing film. The film can shift colors from dark blue to light silver.
OnePlus 8T Concept also includes a millimeter-wave (mmWave) radar module on the rear camera bump to enable touch-less controls and a breathing monitor. The concept phone has also been envisioned by a team of 39 designers based out of Shenzhen, Taipei, New York, and India.
Unlike the regular OnePlus 8T with a standard glass back, the OnePlus 8T Concept features an all-new rear covering with patterns inspired by natural elements.
There is a color-changing film behind the back glass panel that contains metal oxide in glass and it can change its color from dark blue to light silver. OnePlus also said that the film do switches between the two colors when the metal oxide activates.
This enables the backside of the OnePlus 8T Concept to light up when receiving some new notifications.
Although the experience of this is just like how you are informed about a new message/call through a notification LED light, the technology used by the OnePlus smartphone prominently flashes the patterns on the back to ultimately gain your attention.
OnePlus 8T Concept Reveals Color-Shifting Back And Breathing Monitor
Alongside the new back design, the OnePlus 8T Concept includes a mmWave radar module that do transmits and receives electromagnetic waves.
This enables the inbuilt (DSP), digital signal processing unit and CPU to process receives from the waves to allow the device to locate, perceive, image, and track objects. The use cases are also similar to a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor, though OnePlus did say that the radar isn’t affected by the environment.
The mmWave module presence enables OnePlus 8T Concept to use touchless gesture controls, including ”double-tap” and ”distance recognition.” These can also be used to accept or reject a voice call just by covering the camera module with your hand.
You can also cover the camera module to change the color of the phone’s back cover. OnePlus also claimed that apart from enabling gestures, the mmWave module can also register your breathing to allow the colors on the back to change in sync.
The module uses some software algorithms to measure respiration to record the chest’s millimeter-level movement during breathing, the company said. It is really worth pointing out that the inbuilt radar does not require 5G mmWave networks to enable the gesture controls.
This means that the brand new technology can work even in the markets including India, where 5G is yet to become public.