OnePlus has something pretty cool in store for CES. It’s called the Concept One smartphone, and it features a rear camera assembly that “magically” disappears behind a sheet of electromagnetically controlled variable tinted glass.
OnePlus revealed this neat (and potentially useful?) feature in a teaser tweet published earlier today:
We’re bringing the #OnePlusConceptOne to #CES2020, but you don’t have to wait: you can get a sneak peek at it right here, along with its groundbreaking “invisible camera” and color-shifting glass technology. pic.twitter.com/elsV9DKctn
— OnePlus (@oneplus) January 3, 2020
“We’re bringing the #OnePlusConceptOne to #CES2020, but you don’t have to wait,” reads the tweet. “You can get a sneak peek at it right here, along with its groundbreaking ‘invisible camera’ and color-shifting glass technology.”
According to WIRED, who got an early sneak peek at the Concept One, the effect is created by a sheet of electromagnetic glass that covers the cameras. Unfortunately, it’s also described as “anticlimactic” in person.
For our part, we have our fingers crossed that the tech might someday be used as an electronically controlled variable ND for smartphone photographers; a built-in variable ND on a smartphone would make this a lot more “climactic” in our opinion. Of course, that’s just wishful thinking at this point.
Check out the tweet above to see the effect in action.
(via The Verge)