A smartphone with a camera that becomes a drone: the incredible patent

Innovation calls, Vivo responds: here is the surprising patent filed by the company, a smartphone with an integrated drone

Innovation speaks Chinese. This has been demonstrated in recent times by various Chinese manufacturers, who have "pushed" their creative solutions with great audacity. Now Vivo joins the bold ones with an astonishing patent deposited at the WIPO a year ago but became public only in the last hours.

If it decides to realize what illustrated in the document deposited at the WIPO, Vivo would have the possibility to bring on the market a unique product, one of those even difficult to imagine. If in fact the drones with cameras are not a recent novelty, indeed they are quite widespread and also the prices have dropped steadily over the years, the future could reserve us a smartphone with a camera able to detach itself from the device itself and take flight. Incredible the solution put on paper by Vivo, if only for the fact that judging from the patent would also be able to give the smartphone an appearance without obvious compromises compared to the current canons.

The incredible patent by Vivo

The patent filed by Vivo at WIPO is titled "smartphone with flying camera", literally "smartphone with flying camera". It features what can be called a real miniature drone with four propellers that emerges on demand from the upper profile, as if it were a cart for the SIM but of course larger.

The small drone integrated into the smartphone of Vivo has two cameras in order to offer greater flexibility in filming, and perhaps the most amazing aspect concerns the fact that Vivo has managed to miniaturize everything to the point of making it compatible with the size of a smartphone, and then integrate it inside when not in use.

The mini drone of Vivo's patent, in addition to possessing four propellers to stabilize the footage as much as possible, has a battery and two cameras, including two infrared sensors whose task is not clarified by the document.

The knots to be untied

A lot of work will presumably have to be done if Vivo wants to move from words, or rather from patents, to facts: in fact, we need to understand what the battery capacity of a smartphone could be, where half of the internal volume is occupied by a small drone, which will have to draw energy from the smartphone battery to take flight.

We also need to understand what the costs of a similar solution might be, even if, like all "firsts", particularly high prices wouldn't be too surprising, and the extreme exclusivity of the project could also make them justifiable in a certain sense.

We still don't know if there is someone working on the development of this solution among the corridors of Vivo's headquarters, but if so we'll hear about it soon.