Polytron has unveiled a prototype transparent smartphone with the potential to launch fully-functioning prototypes and limited market production by the end of this year.
The Taiwanese manufacturer this demoed an almost entirely transparent touchscreen handset made from the company’s “Polyvision Privacy Glass”, suggesting handsets could be released within the year.
The glass technology contains liquid crystal molecules that react to an electrical charge turning the opque glass transparent. When the electric current is applied, the previously light-reflecting randomly orientated liquid crystal molecules align allowing light to pass through surface of the glass.
Combined with another technology that could put microscopic wires inside the glass to build the handsets necessary electronics, the Polytron transparent smartphone is already showing the early stages of hardware integration.
Currently flaunting an SD card, batteries, speaker, microphone and camera all wired in by the near-invisible microscopic wiring, the space below the SD card will be filled by a SIM card of unknown size. The Polytron prototype is not yet running an operating system.
As transparency technology does not extend to all of the above components, the Polytron Polyvision Privacy Glass can be used to apply a translucent or opaque filter to cover the electronic components. The Polytron transparent phone prototype is not the first of its kind to be seen. NTT Docomo and Fujitsu promoted a two-sided OLED screen transparent prototype that could respond to touch commands from both sides in June last year.
The Fujitsu Brick also appeared in January from designers Shaocheng Huang and Yuyin Huang with a large transparent screen used to translate and magnify text and take photographs and video.
Although in very early development stages, Polytron aim to get a full prototype completed by the end of the year with the possibility of a limited market production too, perhaps for developers.
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