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Last updated February 17, 2017

ZTE 'Project CSX' Phone - Hands Free, Eye Tracking Device (Canceled)

The feature voted on by you! Scroll through pages based on your eye movement and stick the phone to the wall to be hands free.

ZTE 'Project CSX' Phone - Hands Free, Eye Tracking Device (Canceled)

The feature voted on by you! Scroll through pages based on your eye movement and stick the phone to the wall to be hands free.

pledged of $500,000pledged of $500,000 goal
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 17 2017
Last updated February 17, 2017

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.


Hawkeye - A Crowdsourced, Unlocked Phone

Known as Project CSX, which stands for Crowd Source X, the idea, design and name comes directly from consumers.  The name, Hawkeye, was chosen by consumers who can expect to be engaged in the next phases of this exciting project to select materials, colors and help contribute software for the phone.  As a manufacturer with a long history of building quality mobile products, ZTE has taken the initiative to give consumers the reigns and decide what to build for 2017.  After a voting round which included consumers representing 176 countries around the world, the consensus was to develop a hands free experience for a mobile phone. Additional information about the project at:

Scrolling based on eye movement
Scrolling based on eye movement

Hands Free Experience

The key features, submitted by a team of four creative designers who won the Project CSX competition, allow an experience that does not require the use of hands to navigate through common smartphone applications:

  • Scrolling based on Eye-Tracking - by recognizing movement of the eyes, pages can scroll automatically up-down or left-right based on movement.  Voice commands can be used to navigate between pages. 
  • Stick to Walls and Surfaces with Self-Adhesive Case - with an optional case, the phone can be mounted to a vertical surface, freeing up the need to hold the phone.  

These unique features give consumers the opportunity to continue use of their phone and applications in times when one or both hands are otherwise occupied.

Adhesive case backing allows mounting to most surfaces
Adhesive case backing allows mounting to most surfaces

Hawkeye Phone Specifications

Although the highlight features are eye tracking for scrolling and the adhesive case, as voted upon by thousands of consumers, ZTE recognizes that a great phone needs to be innovative and competitive in other areas too.  And it should be unlocked, to give you the ability to choose the wireless carrier of your choice.  


  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (Octa-core 2.0GHz) 
  • OS: Android Nougat (OTA update support)  
  • Display: 5.5" FHD (1920 x 1080) 
  • Camera (Rear): Dual Lens 13MP + 12MP with optical zoom
  • Camera (Front): 8MP 
  • Memory: 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM (expandable with additional 256GB) 
  • SIM: Dual SIM slot (additional slot may be used with MicroSD for storage) 
  • Battery: 3000 mAh 
  • WIFI 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz/5GHz • BT4.2 / HFP1.6
  • Other Features: Fingerprint sensor, Hi-Fi audio, NFC, USB Type C, Quick Charge 2.0 

Network Bands*

  • GSM: 850/1900/900/1800 
  • UMTS/HSPA: 850/1900/AWS/2100  
  • LTE: B2/B4/B5/B7/B12/B13/B66 CAT6 

* LTE bands are still being considered. The bands listed in the specifications are locked and additional bands being considered based on consumer feedback.

Phone Design (prototype)
Phone Design (prototype)



The phone is currently in development and is expected to ship in September 2017. Subject to change.  Updates will be posted to Kickstarter.  The Kickstarter Reward includes a phone, an adhesive case and free shipping.**

** Ships to anywhere in the world with the exception of countries restricted by US export laws (currently Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria but subject to change).

How Will it Work?

This section provides technical details about the prototype and how the new key features will work:

Eye Tracking - The eye tracking feature will detect motion using a high resolution, front-facing camera on the phone.  Iris motion is detected using camera hardware, then translated into software commands that represent standard gesture motions in Android for swipe (e.g. up, down, left and right swipe motions).  The software interprets eye motion and replaces these gesture commands in any application that supports these standard Android commands.

Adhesive Backing - The ability to stick the phone against most vertical surfaces, resisting the forces of gravity, is based on an adhesive material that works against most surfaces.  Since consumers may not always want the adhesive feature of the phone at all times - for example when the phone is in a purse - it is being made available as an optional case for the phone. This way, the phone can be placed into the case and stuck against a surface when desired, or the case is removed when the consumer does not want this feature. 



ZTE USA (, headquartered in Richardson, Texas, is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a global provider of mobile devices, telecommunication systems, and enterprise solutions. Operating since 1998, ZTE USA is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communication technology accessible to all. ZTE is ranked by independent industry analysts as the fourth-largest supplier of mobile devices in the U.S. overall, and second-largest supplier of prepaid devices.

Risks and challenges

ZTE has a long history of delivering mobile products, including mobile phones, and we firmly believe in the Project CSX phone and our ability to deliver.

As with any project, there is always the risk of delays in development or manufacturing which could affect the date. We expect to ship on or before September 2017 but will notify Kickstarter backers of any changes. With the CSX project, there is a risk that the key features for eye-tracking and adhesion do not work according to specification or quality standards of ZTE. We believe we have investigated these concepts thoroughly and have confidence in the development, but we must state this as a potential risk.

In the unlikely event that ZTE is unable to complete the delivery of this 'Project CSX' product by the end of 2017, then Kickstarter backers that funded the Reward amount or greater will be entitled to a ZTE phone of an equivalent amount.

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