Vivo has designed a smartphone digicam that detaches from the principle physique of the telephone and takes a chunk of the show with it, a curious design resolution that enables the principle cameras for use for selfies… and extra.
This new design seems to be an development on one which the corporate confirmed off in October of final yr. That design idea went on to win a Purple Dot Award, but it surely by no means turned a shopper purchasable product. It seems Vivo didn’t simply relaxation on its laurels, nonetheless, and iterated on the design additional.
Having the digicam come out of the telephone and likewise be fully detachable would make it doable to permit the machine to interchange with different digicam modules. By separating the digicam from the telephone, the concept is that the design would improve user-friendly capturing options which might be usually constrained inside the design of a cell machine.
This newest iteration ditches the pop-up characteristic and as a substitute integrates the digicam module with a chunk of the show. In keeping with the patent — which was discovered and illustrated by LetsGoDigital — this design would permit the digicam for use in three other ways.
The primary mode would permit the module to be positioned so the secondary show — which is concerning the measurement of an iPhone front-facing notch — faces the entrance. The pixel density of this secondary show is similar to that of the smartphone’s fundamental show, so it blends into the principle display screen as if it was one seamless show.
The second mode entails flipping the module round 180-degrees in order that the cameras face the person. The primary good thing about this orientation is that it permits the usage of the principle cameras as selfie cameras.
Lastly, the third mode entails eradicating the digicam and show piece from the physique of the smartphone fully for distant operation. On this mode, the module can be utilized individually from the smartphone and the tiny show can be utilized to take footage remotely. That small display screen piece can be utilized to function the digicam and likewise see previews of pictures or movies which might be captured with it. Theoretically, it also needs to be doable to regulate the unit remotely with the principle physique of the smartphone to take wide-angle selfies with teams that will in any other case not be doable from a hand-held orientation — for instance, a person may set the module down on a bench or different floor and take a distant picture of themselves.
Whereas removable or interchangeable digicam modules commonly come up in designs and patents, it hasn’t been seen in a shopper product but. Whereas neat on paper, these concepts do have a complication in real-world use: small, interchangeable components are very simply misplaced and are seemingly costly to exchange. Whereas it’s unlikely that Vivo will launch such an idea in a completed product, it’s nonetheless value noting that the corporate is investigating new methods to combine cameras into smartphones.