Samsung is working on a transparent phone. And you might be thinking I feel like I’ve heard this news somewhere before. Well, that’s because they start registering patents red seven years ago. They rush more patents in 2018 and then again the clear couple of weeks ago. All of this points towards one thing. Though we don’t know when it’s coming we actually don’t even know if it’s coming. But we do know that behind the walls of Samsung HQ. This is working on. Now there’s someone who’s grown up watching a lot of sci-fi. Where it’s practically a stereotype of the future to have transparent displays. And transparent phones it is crazy to make that. This isn’t fiction anymore.
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Literally last month Xiaomi announces transparent TV. You can go into the store show it you could take one home If you like it. It is real product advice that displays vibrant OLED picture. And then when it off just disappears into a razor-thin sheet of glass. I mean I say that but I’ll be the first to admit that this particular usage case is not a smart idea. I think a living room TV system is probably one of the top five worst use cases of a transparent display.
Because you generally sit a TV in one spot and then never really move it. You’re not going to to the transparency as you get up and walk around it. Because it’s probably sitting in your living room chances off what it’s going to do is remind you. What the back of your wall looks like. And potentially even remind you of that spaghetti of cables you had behind your screen.
Last the recommended usage scenario for transparent TVs right now is making sure the wall behind is dark. But think about that for a second, if the wall behind your TV is dark it might as well not be transparent. TV now actually would make sense if it was like a fitted panel something that people could install in a place. Where they were going to have glass anyways but it just so happens that glass is also their TV.
I feel like a lot of people are convinced that this is the future. But often just because well its futuristic but that in itself is just a self fulfilling prophecy. And I get that this sounds like science fiction. But we are getting there transparent circuit boards are a thing transparent cables are a thing. Even transparent batteries are starting to become a thing.
So yes, whilst a fully transparent phone is going to take time. I have to say that I think is possible so why would you want one.
Now there is already a very obvious perk of the transparent phone is cool. And if you give me a couple of hours I could probably name you 100 products that are found on this premise alone. But to be fair I think we’re transparent phones there is more to it meant. There is a minor safety benefit people walk around St staring at their phones. You could argue that if your phone is transparent you list have some awareness as to what’s happening around you. But also if we just take a closer look at the patent Samsung’s been finding some of them.
Detailer display that can because it’s transparent be use on both the front and the back it might mean that you could use your phone normally without obstructing your view with the finger it might mean you could effectively pinch objects you almost have another dimension when your interacting digital content.
The obvious problem with the transparent device that whatever’s happening right behind you might interfere with what you’re trying to see but we already know that this is a solvable problem because glass can tint itself transparent display glass can adjust his transparency on the fly you seen that one plus concept one phone right it actually employed this exact technique darkening its glass to make its cameras disappear from view but all this stuff is fairly minor I think the big selling point for
The Transparent Phone is Augmented Reality.
Imagine if it’s holding up this digital pane of glass and seeing those objects alive right in front of you it would be the next level of immersion.
But there’s a competing product that would be 2 steps above.
Augmented Reality Glasses
If the real world is merging with the virtual then it makes complete sense for you to be able to access this through something you could wear as opposed to something you have to halt instead of having to install a transparent display in my car 15 in my house and then 100 in my shop it makes sense to just have one transparent display that can do everything and it makes sense for that display to not be on a smartphone but on my face.
By the time of the transparent phone is completely viable I think will already be on our third generation of AR glasses so I don’t think they’ll even be given enough time to become a thing I suppose the next step of glasses would be something implanted inside of you so the still interact with the digital world that is definitely a difference.