Transparent smartphone could go on sale before the end of 2013

Transparent Smartphone

A company named Polytron Technologies has come up with a neat alternative design for future smartphones – a transparent body and a clever wrap-around touchscreen called Switchable Glass. At first glance, the phone looks not unlike those see-through hard cases you can get for the iPhone, and while the phone you’re seeing is a prototype, the finished item will contain some serious technology.

The screen will be an OLED panel, but the molecules have an opaque look until they receive power, when they fall in-line to show the phone’s operating system. Rather than only be functional on the front, thanks to the transparent body, the screen will be usable on the rear of the phone too, so we can expect the OS to incorporate gesture controls to make navigation easier and quicker.

As you can see from the picture and video, not only is the phone missing almost all its internal components, but also those that are there are clearly visible. While Polytron says it will use transparent wiring and as many see-through components as possible, all those that aren’t see-through will be hidden behind some darkened glass at the bottom of the handset.

Polytron won’t be marketing its own transparent phone, but will be licensing the technology to other manufacturers. Representatives told The Verge, “Serious discussions with major smartphone makers,” across the world had already taken place, and that it hopes to have the first phone using this technology go on sale before the end of the year.

We’re not sure if this will ever amount to anything more than a gimmick, but that doesn’t stop us wanting to see the end result.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars