It’ll be interesting to see where smartphones go over the next few years. At the moment, manufacturers are all obsessed with making gigantic smartphone/tablet hybrids, or “phablets” if you prefer.
We’re constantly threatened with the imminent arrival of bendy phones, but what about transparent display technology? Fancy it?
If so, you’re in luck. Let’s forget the 2009 false start that was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pureness. To be fair, it carried a colossal $1,000 price tag for what was ultimately a cameraless dumphone. Insane.
Fast-forward to 2013, and Taiwanese firm Polytron Technologies is yelling about its transparent smartphone technology.
Don’t dwell too much on the prototype thingy above; it’s at an incredibly early stage, and doesn’t actually do, well, much at all. We’re also told that the microSD card and battery will be less glaring in the finished products.
What’s the point? Well, that’s a good question. What is the point? Perhaps the most interesting thing is the notion of dual-sided multi-touch displays, though that doesn’t necessarily demand transparency.
As for transparency itself, we’re quite sure it’d be an impressive party trick with the magic molecules and the disappearing display and that, but we can’t imagine people throwing away their beloved Samsung Galaxy S IVs and iPhone 6s.
Unless, of course, the transparent displays come to fruition in the Samsung Galaxy S V and iPhone 7. You never know. And Polytron Technologies promises it’s in talks with several big players.
What do you think? Are you all hot and bothered, or left decidedly cold by the concept of a transparent smartphone?