Action camera maker GoPro has obtained a patent for a cube-shaped “housing” to hold and give users access to a cube-shaped camera.
Thing is, GoPro doesn’t officially have a cube-shaped camera. Not yet, anyway.
The images from the USPTO filing, which was dated in January, show a small camera sliding into the housing, which would hold it in place while letting users reach all its buttons and attach it to a “mounting device.”
The company tells Re/code that its engineers began working on a square camera design in 2011, but declined to make any product announcements (okay, sure).
“GoPro files patents like these to protect our technology and intellectual property,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
A super-compact low-cost camera might broaden GoPro’s audience. Its current cheapest camera, the GoPro Hero, costs $129 and has an integrated housing. More recent and expensive cameras, like the $499 Hero 4, can work inside or outside of an included housing, but are more rectangular than the square device seen in the patent filing.
Polaroid recently unveiled a $100 square GoPro competitor, the Polaroid Cube. Re/code’s Bonnie Cha was impressed by the form factor, but found its interface and image quality lacking compared to the cheapest Hero.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.