Sunday, February 10, 2013

Invisible Smartphone To Be Released?

Using technologies developed for displays, a Taiwanese company is showing off prototypes of a phone made of glass which could be the future of handheld tech.

Polytron Technologies has released a phone that is nearly invisible with electronics that are so tiny they are too small to see. The phone’s circuitry is made up of ultra-thin wires sandwiched between two glass layers.

Polytron has a long history with display technology, and markets a product as “privacy glass.” The liquid crystal molecules in the glass are arranged randomly when the current is off, but when it is on they line up and allow light to pass through. So this phone would be invisible until it is turned on. Polytron has said that several mobile phone companies are interested in using the technology. That said, the phone is at an early stage of development. There are also parts of the phone that can’t be transparent, such as the SIM card and the battery.

In a demonstration video from Mobile Geeks it doesn’t show the phone running with an operating system.

Technologically futuristic as it is, it seems that a phone made of glass would have to be shatterproof at the very least, but companies have already created bulletproof glass no wider than 3 sheets of writing paper.

I cannot wait to see what the future hold.

-Daniel, Jedi Editor
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