The public wants ZTE to make an eye-tracking, self-adhesive phone.
The unnamed device is the grand-prize winner of the company's crowdsourced Project CSX, which was announced at CES 2016 and asked the Internet which product ZTE should make next.
When it started soliciting input in early August, ZTE was looking for ideas that included drones, sensors, cameras, projectors, and augmented and virtual reality—not just smartphones. Ultimately, thousands of Web users from 176 countries voted for an eye-tracking, self-adhesive phone, which captured 36 percent of the total vote.
The Android-based device sports a 5.5-inch display and "two laser-focusing cameras" on the top and bottom.
"These two cameras can simply interact with the user by capturing the user's pupils' movement in a vertical dimension," the description says. "With this feature, the user can scroll up and down without even tilting his head up and down. Imagine reading a book, a PDF, or even a dense text file, many people can't keep up tracking the lines."
The back, meanwhile, is "partially made of self-adhesive polymer that can stick to a firm stand, wall, or other pieces of furniture and enjoy web browsing, book reading, and even hands free video watching."
Rounding out the top five projects were intelligent smartphone covers (21 percent), a stock Android flagship phone (19 percent), VR-interactive diving mask (16 percent), and a "powerglove" controller for Android apps and games (8 percent).
Look for the unique handset at CES 2017 and on store shelves sometime next year. See what PCMag's Sascha Segan and Dan Costa have to say about the device in today's episode of Random Access, embedded below.
This is not the end for Project CSX, though. "Now that the world has told us what they want ZTE to build, we are entering the product development phase of Project CSX," said Jeff Yee, senior vice president of technology planning and partnerships of ZTE,. "However, the crowdsourcing element may not be completely over, as we look to continue to keep consumers at the forefront of everything we do—in this case, helping to determine the official device name to determining the product colors and more."