We all should know about the Huawei brand by now. If not, perhaps the thought of the thinnest smartphone around should help refresh your memory. The Chinese brand is apparently obsessed with making sure it becomes one of the major innovators of the smartphone land by increasing its research and development budget by 20% to $4.5 billion that will bring “disruptive technology” to consumers— essentially unusual advancements. What unusual advancements, you ask? Huawei North America’s Research & Development General Manager John Roese poses this thought to the masses:
“What if you use the camera of a tablet or a smartphone and use it to capture the visualization of your hands? So imagine instead of touching a smartphone, you can actually have a three-dimensional interaction with it.”
Imagine the possibility of having a smartphone that recognized gestures and movements without the user actually having to touch the device— kind of like how the Microsoft Kinect works. That type of technology has Huawei executives thinking and dreaming big. To pull of this type of concept and technology would require Huawei devices to feature some serious internal firepower, so naturally it would need a device featuring the latest and greatest technology. That’s why Roese makes it important to note the Huawei devices featuring the technology would need powerful graphics processing and dual front-facing cameras. Smartphones would likely not be capable of that type of technology in the beginning, so Roese also notes Huawei is likely to build it into tablets first.
Huawei is looking to expand its business by investing in cloud storage, but making it less expensive for all. In order to to achieve this, Huawei is teaming up with CERN— the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to investigate new storage techniques. Similar to Microsoft’s Skydrive or Google Drive, Huawei’s cloud-based solution would offer additional storage for all consumers, however Huawei is using the newfound storage from the deal to cultivate and effectively process 15,360TB of data. The hope is that unlike Microsoft’s SkyDrive or Google Drive, Huawei’s cloud-based system would revolutionize the computer storage architecture. Roese puts it best for Huawei’s outlook:
“If we are successful… it literally could change the economics of storage by an order of a magnitude”.
Again, if you haven’t been paying attention to Huawei before, you may want to pay attention now. The Android world is eagerly looking forward to the formal look at both technologies and concepts posed by Huawei.