When it comes to new technological advances, the sky is the limit. Vivo, the enormous Chinese smartphone manufacturing business, has once again proven that statement to be correct. Vivo, which is based in Guangdong, has been experimenting with unusual designs for a long time.
It recently released handsets with gimbal cameras and is currently seeking patents for devices with drone-like capabilities. This concept is still in the works, but if the patent is accepted, we can anticipate a massive breakthrough in the smartphone business that will radically disrupt the game. Rival smartphone manufacturers can expect stiff competition from Vivo.
The initial proposal, which was first published by the Dutch newspaper Lets Go Digital, is based on aerial imagery. Drones have recently become increasingly popular among professional photographers due to their capacity to shoot wide-angle aerial photos that provide a bird’s eye view of everything.
Drones, on the other hand, might put a strain on the wallet due to their high cost. It would change the world of mobile photography if the features of a drone-like camera could be combined into a smartphone. According to reports, Vivo submitted a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in December 2020, which was published on July 1st this year.
According to the sketch, the smartphone will include a small removable container on the top-right edge. This is where the camera that looks like it belongs on a drone will be installed. It can easily slide in and out to meet your needs.
Two cameras and two infrared sensors are included in the model. Both the front view and the film below will be captured by this dual-camera setup. The sensors are said to be of excellent quality, capturing photographs with the same clarity as high-end professional drones. This is only the first version of the patent. Experts believe Vivo could surprise us even more by adding one or two extra cameras, as there is enough room in the current design.
Turbulence and wind resistance will be a technological challenge for this flying camera. Vivo has connected four propellers to the camera module to make it stable in the air. It’s hard to say how effective these propellers will be at keeping the flying camera stable. The propellers cannot be too light because this will reduce their strength and make them more susceptible to damage.
On the other hand, if the propellers are excessively heavy, they may not be able to take flight at all. This violates the flying camera’s entire function. As a result, we’ll have to wait and watch how Vivo designs these four propellers and if they can keep the camera module afloat.
Although the role of the two infrared sensors has not been specified, it is anticipated that they will aid in navigation for the drone-like camera. Infrared sensors detect obstacles in the air and evaluate their distance, according to standard practice. This is the safety function that prevents the device from colliding with anything. This looks a lot like the AirPix. The AirPix was created by a group of engineers, drone pilots, software developers, and GIS experts who have previously built some of India’s best drones.
As a result, it’s reasonable to conclude that if the patent is accepted and the flying camera module is produced, it’ll be nothing short of amazing. According to Vivo’s patent application, the flying camera would support air gestures. It is a very attainable goal, given the significant progress of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It’s also possible that there’ll be an auto-tracking feature. The camera’s auto-tracking characteristics will give it complete control over its operation. With the help of its dual-camera technology, it can cover a vast area and automatically recognize, follow, and capture video of moving things on the ground.
You will be able to track the camera with a few taps on your smartphone in the event of any undesired wrecks or accidents. This is especially important in the event of unexpected weather changes.
Companies file a lot of patents, but only a small percentage of them get authorized. Even if their applications are accepted, corporations frequently fail to deliver on their promises. When it comes to delivering fresh and original goods, though, Vivo has a respectable track record. Take, for example, the Vivo smartphone, which comes with a gimbal camera. Vivo’s gimbal mechanism is only available on the X50 Pro. It has a 48 Mbps primary sensor and an 8 Mbps ultra-wide sensor.
The battery’s exact characteristics are yet to be revealed, but the patent does state that the flying camera will have its own battery. As a result, there will be a total of two batteries: one for the smartphone and one for the drone-like camera. The smartphone battery is supposed to be stronger and last longer than the camera. Vivo may opt for a replaceable battery in the camera, making it easier to fix in the event of a malfunction. Within the twin camera setup, Vivo might also include a stabilizing gimbal technology. This may aid in decreasing motion blur and resulting in less shaky footage.
However, it is unknown how much this complete arrangement will wind up costing users. Everyone wants to stay up to date on the latest technology, but a higher price point may prevent a big portion of the population from doing so.
In India, well-built drones often cost more than INR 50,000. The cost of combining a drone-like camera with a high-end smartphone could be prohibitive. Furthermore, filing for the patent must have cost the OEM behemoth a large sum of money. It will be interesting to see if Vivo is able to bring this model to life. There are numerous roadblocks in the way of BBK’s consumer technology brand.
There would be a great deal of intricate engineering work to be done. The flying camera system inside the smartphone, along with the mounting bracket, can pull out fully from the housing, according to the details provided in the filed patent.
However, if the final product is manufactured successfully, a number of changes are likely to be made based on the engineering team’s requirements and expert analysis. Vivo is also expected to employ the fingerprint sensor to authenticate the camera system, according to experts. This ensures that each camera can only be associated with a single phone.