Remember when we told you about ZTE and the very promising Project CSX? Well, it seems that the Chinese giant wasn’t kidding about making an end-to-end crowdsourced device. The Project just entered Phase 2, as from 400 submissions, three device ideas made it to the next round. What devices?
1. Consumers want to part ways with the physical operation of their phones. With this phone, eye tracking technology would help complete common or repetitive tasks that once could only be done by touch. The phone would also feature a self-adhesive polymer case that would stick to several types of surfaces.
2. The evolution from wearables to robo-wear turns learning about oneself into educating oneself. This robotic glove helps users learn new tasks such as playing the guitar or other programmable movements the user dictates via an app.
3. Consumers want more than waterproofing in their next mobile device, they want complete submersible. This virtual reality headset built specifically for underwater use could transform a backyard swimming pool into the Great Barrier Reef.
In short, a smartphone controlled with eye movement, a robotic glove that, via an app, will help you learn doing new things and a VR Headset for use underwater. There is a small window of opportunity for those who missed the deadline to submit their idea. A wildcard idea will be chosen to join the top three ideas. Wildcard submissions must include both a product idea and a product design to be considered.
In round two, consumers will need to refine the top three ideas by defining how the product will look, function, and be operated. Submissions will need to detail everything from the user interface to color variants. Concept designs can be drawn or digitally created as long as each submission brings the ideas to life.
“This phase of the project gives a voice to those who see a good idea, but wish to refine it or rethink it. We aim to engage consumers at every step of this process, and are providing the platform for them to have the ultimate say in what ZTE builds, and potentially even the direction we head in 2017.” said Jeff Yee, vice president of Technology Planning and Partnerships at ZTE USA.
Concept designs are due on or before September 30th and you can send yours here. From October 1st to 10th consumers will vote to help identify the top ideas. The next round of voting from October 12th to 19thwill determine the device ZTE will build next.