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Will We ‘See’ Invisible Smartphones In 2013?

Every time we think there is no other upgrade that could be performed on smartphones, a new prototype is release on the market, demolishing all beliefs. This year, manufacturers could surprise customers with invisible or see-through smartphones; in fact, the first model was recently showcased, but the device was not functional. The change is said to have a big impact on similar products as it is an unprecedented design.

See-through PCs have been around for a couple of years, but they didn’t seem to attract too many buyers for reasons that we haven’t taken into consideration. I find see-through carcasses as unattractive as a see-through body that lets you see the intestines and the rest of the organs, but my opinion is not shared by the rest of the consumers, apparently. Some find these types of PCs really interesting because they allow them to see the components inside their devices and to keep a close eye on them.

Some manufacturers thought invisible or see-through phones (they haven’t decided on this one, yet) represent the next upgrade that needs to be performed on these all-encompassing devices. The idea hasn’t been tested, yet, but according to the recent rumors, the smartphones will be almost entirely transparent, revealing everything except the less attractive components. Users will be able to see the chips, the antennas, the modem and the memory cards, whereas the non-sexy parts will be covered by a plastic or metal casing.

Polytron is the company that is currently working to convince smartphone manufacturers to implement this technology on their products. Although Sam Yu, the head of the company, hasn’t started any negotiations, the technology could be seen in stores by the end of the year. Polytron has made a reputation by producing glass that can turn opaque with the simple push of a button. The technology has been adopted on various products, but it is unclear whether it is safe or useful to add it to smartphones, as well.

The implementation of this technology could have many other benefits in addition to the satisfaction that technophiles might get at the sight of the electric components. Safety features, such as fingerprint recognition, may be hidden to prevent unwanted people from noticing them. Moreover, the phone could be easily used for street orientation as the metal or plastic casing would no longer be visible.

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