Transparent Like a Glass But Still a Phone
It’s been the dream for years and years: transparent computer displays, and transparent phones. We’ve seen them over and over in sci-fi, and we’ve seen plenty of device render concepts, but this is the first real prototype that we’ve seen in real life. The key to it is the transparent display that has been developed by Taiwan-based Polytron Technologies. Some existing phones, like the LG GD900, have transparent parts, but so far no one’s created one with a completely see-through body. Part of the problem is that the electrodes in the typical lithium-ion batteries found in today’s gadgets aren’t transparent. All they have so far is a very very early prototype, almost just a proof-of-concept, but the team expects to have a more fully functioning prototype with working software by the end of the year. You’ll also notice that the device isn’t 100% transparent, because some components – the battery, SD card, and microphones – simply can’t be made transparent right now. Still, it’s a pretty cool start.