Vivo is a well-known camera brand that does not limit its smartphones to conventional features, instead looking for innovative ways to improve the user experience. That may be seen in the patent, which depicts a sophisticated arrangement for a flying camera. Yes, a removable camera module with a thruster that allows it to fly in the air.
Even though the patent was filed in December 2020, it was just published on July 1 of this year, making it a recent patent.
The core concept behind Vivo’s innovation is for customers to be able to capture an aerial perspective. When it comes to the structure that the company has patented, it depicts a smartphone with an interior dedicated space on top for housing a set of cameras combined into a small drone module that will be operated via the smartphone software.
When needed, the drone will pop out of the phone in the same way as a Galaxy Note’s S Pen does. As a result, either a fat phone or a record-breaking compact and light camera drone would materialize.
Of course, the micro drone’s power will be a major concern, therefore it will only be able to fly for a short period of time with the help of an inbuilt battery. This drone would have four thrusters, two cameras (one on the top and one on the side, with the option of mounting four cameras), and three infrared sensors.
Users must return the little drone to the space it has reserved on the smartphone after capturing the photographs so that it may be recharged. The thing to keep in mind is that, by design, the module would charge itself using the smartphone’s internal battery, which could drain it if used frequently.
Isn’t that amazing? Those are, of course, concept renders based on a Vivo patent. If the phone is ever released, it will most likely appear completely different than it does now. However, this is an intriguing concept phone in any case.
Will Vivo’s plan to incorporate a Drone Camera into a smartphone succeed?
In comparison to the general consumer level, the concept of integrating a flyable camera is undoubtedly unique and would be quite handy for photo enthusiasts or professional photographers. The system will elevate smartphone photography to new heights, but the average user will not benefit from it.
One reason such a device would be extremely expensive is that the average user does not shoot aerial shots or selfies. Nonetheless, this would assist Vivo in attracting a specific type of customer: individuals who enjoy photography and are willing and able to pay for it.
However, there isn’t much to say at the moment because we only have a patent that doesn’t answer all of our questions. For example, how long could it fly, how high and how far could it work, and whether it could work in real time, capturing video and taking images while we controlled it with our smartphones.
All of these questions remain unanswered and will only be clarified until the actual item is ready on the market, so all we can do now is wait.