Taiwanese tech company Polytron Technologies has released some information about its prototype transparent smartphone. From the pictures you can see that sadly it’s not entirely transparent, the camera, SD card and some of the electronics are still clearly visible. Even so, it’s not a bad start.
Whilst it’s debatable exactly how useful a transparent smartphone will be (I often misplace my perfectly opaque handset and I’d hate to have to search an almost invisible device), I’m actually quite interested in some of the technologies used in the prototype, mainly the transparent touch screen.
Personally I’d find much more use for the likes of Samsung’s flexible, transparent touch screen. I’d really like a touch screen that was thin enough to use as a keyboard on my desk, which I could then pickup and use as a news reader or internet browser if I wanted to take a break from sitting in front of my PC. As for use in a smartphone, I’m just not quite so sure the technology serves much of a purpose.
Polytron Technologies claim that a finished version the transparent handset could be hitting the markets before the end of 2013. Whilst I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy one, I’d like to see if there is actually any consumer demand for a transparent smartphone.