The pop-up cameras may soon be a mobile trend

There is an interesting concept around the Mobile World Congress. Two gadgets are hidden cameras (lenses) until they are activated, which offers a new vision of design and additional privacy. Vivo has integrated a camera in a smartphone on a small sliding tray, and Huawei will soon propose a MacBook Pro clone with a hidden camera under a key above the keyboard.

This could be a glimpse into the future of mobile design

Cameras have long been integrated into laptops and smartphones, much to the chagrin of privacy experts. Some users cover these cameras with tape or thin gadgets to ensure that malicious readers do not remotely activate the cameras to monitor us at our insure. Others, like HP, have begun to integrate flaps, caches, to give more control to the user. DIY tips and built-in options both involve significant screen caches, and the industry is fighting to eliminate that.

With retractable caches, gadget makers must look for new solutions like the iPhone X notch. Still others, like Vivo and Huawei, are looking for more elegant solutions than cutting the screen a bit. For Huawei, this means using a false keypad key to house a hidden camera. Press the key, and it opens like a hatch. The location does not look great and may make the photos annoying - just make sure you have a clean nose before starting your conf-call...

Vivo has a similar plug to that of Huawei, but the camera is built into a sliding tray that comes out of the phone. At this point, these two options are a few alternatives to proven solutions but show an attempt to evolve the standard design. As these are mobile and deployable devices, both options are more likely to break or malfunction. But it is interesting to note that the designers understood that the camera was a problem regarding use and user experience: because we want to control its use, and we want to optimise its use.

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