Xiaomi has patented a retractable camera with mirrors that can be used to take photos and videos both in the front and in the back. Is this just another madness or do we take it as a useful innovation?
Embedded in its upgrade plans to MIUI 12.5 and still with the Xiaomi Mi 11, its latest flagship set to land in many markets like ours, the truth is that The Chinese giant continues to improve its mobile photography in all areas, now teach us a new patent for retractable cameras that uses reflective mirrors and that will leave you speechless.
It’s an innovative technology that our colleagues at GizmoChina taught us after recreating Let’sGoDigital would allow this module ‘pop up’ Take pictures or videos in front and behindand hides in the body of the smartphone at will when we don’t need it.
It seems like another madness from Xiaomi, and certainly no camera layout ‘pop up’ to use, with mechanisms that incorporate the front camera to hide it and not pierce the screen, as in this case the device was designed by the Chinese giant couldn’t just be used for Selfies and video conferencing, but also as a main camera taking into account the size restrictions for ever larger and more powerful sensors.
There are many doubts, especially given the huge photo modules that are now mounted on the best smartphones on the market, but the patent has already been granted registered by Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software at the USPTO, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and also before WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Office, it seems that the Chinese manufacturer is taking this technology seriously.
The patent will be granted from January 7, 2021 and on published documents and sketches made it possible to recreate a new mechanism on the smartphone in which they are housed Sensors point vertically and not sideways with above an adjustable reflective mirror This would make it possible to get images from both sides as requested by the user.
It would be something like we show you in the picture What’s next:
As you will expect The mirror would move at the user’s own request with an integrated servo motorHence, obviously the same sensors could be used for both Selfies and video calls that point forward, e.g. B. Videos or photos that are facing back are retained the same quality of cameras for all kinds of needs and is used daily.
It sounds very versatile, even interesting and safe we would like to try to see if it actually improves the current experience at all, though Sometimes companies try to solve problems we don’t have and I still have doubts that a mechanical module like this can hold the best quality sensors in a closed size.
Be it as it may We most likely won’t see it on a commercial phone anytime soonand that it is just a design exercise designed to test innovative technologies that make it possible Clean the front as much as possible without affecting the quality of the cameras as it happens with the integrated under the panel … Which of course gets better with time!