The brilliant minds of the vast internet community have come together to think up a futuristic, but realistic product idea in the mobile space and all those ideas have been judged.
Now, manufacturer ZTE is ready to head into the second phase of Project CSX — “Crowd Source X,” where the “X” means “any mobile device.”
Almost 400 submissions poured in during a month of discussion before the list got winnowed down to a round of 20, then a top three. All of those ideas had to be what ZTE described as a mobile product that’s realistic to build in 2017 and affordable for consumers to buy.
Here are the ideas:
- An Android smartphone with a back partially made of self-adhesive material and advanced eye-tracking technology. The LCD would polarized so that different content could be displayed when it’s viewed at different angles. All of this is purposed to help users who have heavy web, video and e-book browsing habits.
- An Android-powered “programmable glove” with bionic fingers that can, with proper software support, help users play the piano, type properly, even rehab outpatients and assist those living with Parkinson’s and arthritis.
- An essentially waterproof virtual reality headset-diving mask combination. The hardware on the headset would allow users to take pictures and record video underwater and, perhaps, experience unique VR experiences like exploring coral reefs or, perhaps, even flying. A swimming experience would arguably be more immersive than sitting down or standing.
Users can submit product concepts of any of these ideas through September 30. Subsequently, a community vote takes place through October 10. Five winners will be chosen and each will receive $1,500.
Further voting from October 12 to 19 will extract a Grand Prize Winner whose concept will be developed, built and sold by ZTE. The winner will get two tickets to CES 2017 with VIP guest status and all expenses paid.