ZTE, the mobile phone manufacturer, has officially launched a Crowd Sourced project for consumers to help design a new mobile phone.
The original ideal was unveiled in January 2016. However, the project, called Project CSX, was officially launched on 3 August 2016 and the phone is to be made available sometime 2017.
The project calls for consumers to submit their ideas for a new smartphone and the best design ideas can be voted for to be included into the new phone. And prizes for the best ideas will be given.
However, their are some caveats to the submissions.
The final design ideas have to be:
- A mobile product.
- Affordable to the general public.
- Technically possible by 2017
- Be part of ZTE’s mission
to build great products that anyone can use, not just the select few
This project, although it sounds like something really innovative, it really just a simple crowd sourced project. However, when a large corporate manufacturer offers consumers the chance to submit ideas for prizes, it does get the public’s imagination and interest (as well as getting increased product awareness and marketing).
Some of the ideas so far have included boring items like battery life and blue tooth proximity.
More interesting submissions have included:
- Back of the phone to be a solar/photo voltaic panel.
- Shatterproof screen.
- Integrated holographic laser keyboard projector.
- Desktop mode so it can act like a PC.
However, due to the time and budget restrictions, we believe that nothing really innovative will come from this project. But this doesn’t stop it giving consumers what they want from a smart phone and, judging from the more basic ideas, it boils down to affordability. battery life and the life span of your smart phone.
So if you fancy trying to win a prize and submit a new design idea, then head over to Project CSX.