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New: Phone Final Design

A compact metal (or poly-carbonate) body design with a large 5.5’ screen due to bezels-less from the sides and very narrow top and bottom bezels, all placed in a very thin premium metal body (or poly-carbonate).

 

Please have a look at our design variations and self adhesive techniques videos below at the end of project's page.

 

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Phone Dimensions:

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Phone Components:

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Design variation for the self-adhesive backing:

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A smartphone that is running on the latest Android operating system, contains new technologies that facilitate certain functions with minimum user interaction. The uniqueness of this phone is related to its capability to translate eye movements and apply them to do useful tasks without the need to touch the screen. Privacy is also ensured through the split screen technology that would make it hard to anyone but the user to see what the screen is showing. Another important feature in this phone is that the back cover is partially made of self-adhesive polymer that can stick to a firm stand, wall, or other pieces of furniture and enjoy web browsing, book reading, and even hands free video watching.

 

Design variations:

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Formal Battleship Grey:

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Big Dip O’ruby:

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Ball Blue & Apple Green:

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Amaranth Pink:

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1- Eye Tracking System (ETS):

The eye tracking system in this phone consists of two laser-focusing cameras, one on the top and one on the bottom. These two cameras can simply interact with the user by capturing the user’s pupils’ movement in a vertical dimension. With this feature, the user can scroll up and down without even tilting his head up and down. Imagine reading a book, a PDF, or even a dense text file, many people can’t keep up tracking the lines. This technique enables the user to read faster by detecting which part of the text on the screen the pupils are concentrating at so the system highlights the range of lines or can magnifying it sometimes. This technology also helps during watching a video on the landscape mode the eye detection system turns to the horizontal direction so the user can speed up or rewind easily. This system can be temporarily terminated once the user touches the screen, and it can be reactivated after five seconds once the screen is untouched. So the priority is to the touch screen.

Mechanism of action: ETS utilizes highly advanced cameras with large aperture along the near-infrared light is directed towards the center of the eyes (pupil), causing visible reflections in the cornea (outer-most optical element of the eye). These reflections are tracked by a camera, and the image captured by the camera is then used to identify the reflection of the light source on the cornea and in the pupil. They can then calculate a vector formed by the angle between the cornea and pupil reflections; the direction of this vector, combined with other geometrical features of the reflections, is then used to calculate the gaze direction. In fact, the Infra-red sensor radiates near-infrared illumination that is used to create the reflection patterns on the cornea and pupil of the eye of the subject. Image sensors are used to capture images of the eyes and the reflection patterns. Advanced image-processing algorithms and a physiological 3D model of the eye are then used to estimate the position of the eye in space and the point of gaze with high accuracy. we designed our phone with two tracking cameras to produce a correlated outcome based on the distinctive dimensions of the  phone in relation to the operator's eyes movements. This actually would enable a precise mastery and correlation on the software interpretation of the eye tracking system.

 

2- Split Screen for convenience and security:

By splitting the light into left and right components, the Dual Directional Viewing LCD can display different content on the same screen. This amazing innovation brings the fusion of AV and IT one step closer, allowing content such as video program and Internet sites to be displayed simultaneously. Such new technology has a wide range of applications, one of them is being a smartphone display. It realizes the perfect display to meet the burgeoning demand for more information and content as well as for greater flexibility and versatility in information display options. Furthermore, not all smartphones are equally secure.  With this technique, you have built in armour protecting your personal information. So that no intruders could watch your data, passwords, or chat conversation. You won’t be worry about sitting among many people and do your business securely and privately!

Important Notice: This technology have been implemented by Sharp Limited, but it had never been used in phones before, so we found it very useful to be used in this super phone.

 

 

Security and Privacy Feature in Split Screen Technology: Private conversation is now possible in crowded places

 

3- Self-adhesive backing:

We spent more than two years experimenting self- adhesive polymers. We found medical grade silicone (Polydimethylsiloxane) a suitable choice for this project to provide the adhesive back cover for the phone. We developed a special technique to control the degree of adhesiveness of the polymer. This would help us to provide an adequate adhesion strength that is neither too strong to peel of the surface nor too sticky to the hand.

In facts, everybody might wonder “what is the relation between the eye tracking system and using a sticky back cover for the phone?” Well, this is very important to ensure optimum function for this technology. The eye tracking system works better when the phone is stable in place. The adhesive strength is not necessarily to be strong. It rather depends on the surface of contact between the phone and the holder (substratum). Excessive strength of the adhesive makes phone detachment very difficult as well as causing some discomfort when the phone is held by hand.

The self-adhesive property can be provided to the smartphone either permanently (as a coating at the back cover) or temporarily (as an accessory).

 

 

 

For permanent method:

a- A mix of silicone polymer, room temperature reacting PDMS base and catalyst, is layered on the back cover smoothly.

b- Micro-grinded glass fibers are sprinkled over the silicone layer and distributed evenly.

c- The addition crosslinking reaction requires about 24 hours to be completed at room temperature.

d- The glass fibers will be firmly attached to the underlying silicone layer.

e- Silicone adhesive is sprayed over the layer. The silicone adhesive consists of liquid uncross-linked polydimethylsiloxane with fluorocarbon propellant. Let the rough surface become partially soaked with the adhesive gel.

The resulting back cover will have slightly rough surface with pressure sensitive adhesion capability.

For the temporary method:

An accessory is made and prepared to be attached to the back of the phone whenever is needed. It can be made by the following steps:

a- A 2 mm thick silicone sheet is prepared that has the exact dimensions of the back of the phone.

b- A magnetic film is attached to one of its surfaces facing the back of the phone.

c- The other surface is modified by following the same steps for the permanent method respectively.

 

Idea Phase Questions:

 

1.What product should be built?

A unique smartphone that runs on Android Nougat  7.0

5.5’ LCD Screen

1440 x 2560 pixels (~534 ppi pixel density)

Side fingerprint readed on the power button

CPU Snapdragon 823 or the latest

RAM: 4 or 6 GB

Memory: 64 or 128 GB

Camera:

- Primary: 16 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, OIS, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash

- Specs: 1/2.3'' sensor size, 1.6µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

- Video: 2160p@30fps, 720p@120fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.

- Front-facing: 8 MP, f/1.8, 23mm, OIS, autofocus, 1.34 µm pixel size, 1080p, HDR

Battery: 3500 – 4000 mAh

 

2.What purpose does the product serve?

This phone with its multiple unique technologies open a new innovation era. User experience and usability would be much easier and fun than before. The eye tracking technology could be the next chapter of the productive mobile experience. Also, the split screen technology is a big leap toward great functionality and security.

 

3.Why will a consumer use it?

Consumers who spent hours with web browsing and video watching need this gadget to reduce the huge efforts they spent to achieve these tasks. The eye movement would be the only activity they need to have a great and convenient user experience. Consumers who used to live and travel in a crowded environment need that measure of privacy that could be find in this smartphone.

 

4.How is it different?

Innovative, unique, secure and very productive with a new approach of user interaction.

 

 

Concept Phase Questions:-

1.How will the product be built?

A 5.5 inch, 2K display with 3 innovative and unique technologies and  redesigned start screen lets you make the most of the extra space. We as Team One Technology, modified every technology and correlated them with each other to give the best productivity and user experience.

 

1-  The self-adhesive backing:

 

The self-adhesive property can be provided to the smartphone either permanently (as a coating at the back cover) or temporarily (as an accessory).

For permanent method:

a-     A mix of silicone polymer, room temperature reacting PDMS base and catalyst, is layered on the back cover smoothly.

b-     Micro-grinded glass fibers are sprinkled over the silicone layer and distributed evenly.

c-     The addition crosslinking reaction requires about 24 hours to be completed at room temperature.

d-     The glass fibers will be firmly attached to the underlying silicone layer.

e-     Silicone adhesive is sprayed over the layer. The silicone adhesive consists of liquid uncross-linked polydimethylsiloxane with fluorocarbon propellant. Let the rough surface become partially soaked with the adhesive gel.

The resulting back cover will have slightly rough surface with pressure sensitive adhesion capability.

For the temporary method:

An accessory is made and prepared to be attached to the back of the phone whenever is needed. It can be made by the following steps:

a-     A 2 mm thick silicone sheet is prepared that has the exact dimensions of the back of the phone.

b-     A magnetic film is attached to one of its surfaces facing the back of the phone.

c-     The other surface is modified by following the same steps for the permanent method respectively.

 

2- The Eye-Tracking System: ETS utilizes highly advanced cameras with large aperture along the Near-infrared light is directed towards the center of the eyes (pupil), causing visible reflections in the cornea (outer-most optical element of the eye). These reflections are tracked by a camera, and the image captured by the camera is then used to identify the reflection of the light source on the cornea and in the pupil. They can then calculate a vector formed by the angle between the cornea and pupil reflections; the direction of this vector, combined with other geometrical features of the reflections, is then used to calculate the gaze direction. In fact, the Infra-red sensor radiates near-infrared illumination that is used to create the reflection patterns on the cornea and pupil of the eye of the subject. Image sensors are used to capture images of the eyes and the reflection patterns. Advanced image-processing algorithms and a physiological 3D model of the eye are then used to estimate the position of the eye in space and the point of gaze with high accuracy. we designed our phone with two tracking cameras to produce a correlated outcome based on the distinctive dimensions of the  phone in relation to the operator's eyes movements. This actually would enable a precise mastery and correlation on the software interpretation of the eye tracking system.

3- By splitting the light into left and right components, the dual directional viewing screen can display different content on the same screen. This amazing innovation brings the fusion of AV and IT one step closer. Such new technology has a wide range of applications, but our implementation is based on privacy and security manipulation in modern smartphones arena. It realizes the perfect display to meet the burgeoning demand for more information and content as well as for greater flexibility and versatility in information display options. LCD panel displays different information depending on whether it is viewed from the left or from the right. The panel simultaneously displays two crystal-clear, high-quality images with no intermingling. Moreover, by displaying the same image on both sides, it can also function as a normal display, allowing everyone to view the same image. This technology evolved from Sharp's 3D LCD panels and is the result of advances in optical design technology and process technology.—

 

• A parallax barrier is used to divide light from the back-light into left and right components.

 

• Advanced optical design technology and process technology prevents intermingling of the left and right light components.

 

2.What is the product design?

A compact design with a large 5.5’ screen due to bezels-less from the sides and very narrow top and bottom bezels, all placed in a very thin premium metal body. Poly-carbonate body could be another variation.

 

3.What is the user interface?

The user interface is Android Nougat 7.0 with advanced UI enhancement for the Eye-Tracking System

 

4.What variations should it have?

a. The self adhesive backing could be a back cover accessory or as a part of the distinct phone.

b. There might be a compact version of this phone with a 4.7' screen size or a phablet version of 6' screen.

c. More colors is still a good option is possible (check design images)

 

 

 

Special thank to ZTE CSX team for this opportunity and thank for your reading and opinions ... Team One Technology

Hassan Al-Khalidy

Ali Radif

Arshad Al-Kaabi

Manar Mohammednoori

 

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