Huawei has filed and won a new patent that shows a new technique for producing 3D images on a normal smartphone display. This isn't something very new, but the whole idea is to use a hardware, instead of using a screen technology that enables software to recreate 3D images based on where the user is looking.
The system uses what the patent describes as an 'auxiliary' camera and software to learn where the user's eyes are directed and other positional metrics. The on-screen graphics can then be modified in real-time to match with expectations about how the view of the on-screen object would change.
The whole idea of real-time adjustment based on input from the hardware will offer users with more realistic representation and interaction with whatever is shown on the screen. The camera can use the central point between the user's eyes or a combination of metrics about the position of the smartphone to find the position of the viewer. It could also use a software that can utilize all the aforementioned methods.
The patent also describes that the technology is applicable to a 'user terminal' which actually covers a slew of electronics that Huawei produces - including mobile devices, computers, televisions, and wearables. So while we have an idea of how the patent would work, it's hard to determine what exactly the company might use it for.
Also, there's a huge possibility that patent might never make it to the production stage, as it happens with most of the patents.
The company also filed a patent for a foldable display that will have a book-like mechanism, reports LetsGoDigital. The patent was filed with WIPO on September 19 in 2017. The patent was filed under the moniker "mobile terminal folding mechanism and mobile terminal."
Huawei isn't the first to patent a hinge design. Industry giants such as Microsoft and Samsung are also said to be working on their own foldable design. Reports of Huawei building a foldable smartphone has been doing rounds for quite some time. In October last year, CNET reported that the company has a working sample of the device but requires refinement with better mechanical and flexible design before it goes to mass productions stage.