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Polytron Unveils World's First Fully Transparent Smartphone

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The only visible components are the board, chips, memory card and camera.


Taiwanese firm Polytron Technologies has revealed the world's first fully transparent smartphone prototype. As you can see in the pictures above and below, the prototype device is almost fully transparent. The only components visible on the device are the board, chips memory card and camera.

The rest of the device is a piece of glass that sports a small touchscreen (also transparent) located in the center of the device. According to Polytron, its technology may be available by the end of 2013.

South Korean technology giant Samsung, meanwhile, revealed Youm at CES 2013, a flexible and bendable OLED display manufactured for smartphones.

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    SneakySnake , January 30, 2013 7:20 PM
    the battery is see through?
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    the_creed4 , January 30, 2013 7:04 PM
    So now you can creepily stare at people, and when asked to stop, you can say you was just texting!
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    shafe88 , January 30, 2013 7:10 PM
    the_creed4So now you can creepily stare at people, and when asked to stop, you can say you was just texting!
    Yep pretty much

    "The only visible components are the board, chips, memory card and camera"
    Shouldn't the title say "Polytron Unveils World's First 98% Transparent Smartphone
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  • 31 Hide
    the_creed4 , January 30, 2013 7:04 PM
    So now you can creepily stare at people, and when asked to stop, you can say you was just texting!
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    shafe88 , January 30, 2013 7:10 PM
    the_creed4So now you can creepily stare at people, and when asked to stop, you can say you was just texting!
    Yep pretty much

    "The only visible components are the board, chips, memory card and camera"
    Shouldn't the title say "Polytron Unveils World's First 98% Transparent Smartphone
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    InvalidError , January 30, 2013 7:11 PM
    Everyone can see what you're typing or looking at from the other side.

    Wonder how easy/hard it might be to read stuff on a see-through display. It would likely need to be a fair bit brighter than on a black substrate to overcome ambient flooding.
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    shafe88 , January 30, 2013 7:13 PM
    InvalidErrorEveryone can see what you're typing or looking at from the other side.
    This could easily be fixed if they coat the back with a one way mirror.
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    DRosencraft , January 30, 2013 7:19 PM
    I am genuinely impressed. That actually looks quite interesting. Now if only we could make the chips and boards transparent...
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    SneakySnake , January 30, 2013 7:20 PM
    the battery is see through?
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    anon8172 , January 30, 2013 7:22 PM
    shafe88This could easily be fixed if they coat the back with a one way mirror.


    You can glue a mirror on your current smartphone and look through the camera in order to do this. Your phone will 'seem' transparent, because you can superimpose an image of what the camera sees onto your work surface.
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    Devoteicon , January 30, 2013 7:31 PM
    They think they're being innovative and futuristic, but in reality, it's just lame and unnecessary.
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    stingstang , January 30, 2013 7:34 PM
    DevoteiconThey think they're being innovative and futuristic, but in reality, it's just lame and unnecessary.

    Yea! Who needs any of this 'technology' BS they're throwing at us? We don't!
    Row row, fight the powa!
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    tokencode , January 30, 2013 7:38 PM
    Wow its tough to find my phone sometimes when it is dead now... if it was transparent I'd be completely screwed.
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    blingybob , January 30, 2013 7:39 PM
    As you can see in the pictures above and below, the prototype device is almost fully transparent. The only components visible on the device are the board, chips memory card and camera.

    The rest of the device is a piece of glass that sports a small touchscreen (also transparent) located in the center of the device. According to Polytron, its technology may be available by the end of 2013.
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    A Bad Day , January 30, 2013 7:42 PM
    tokencodeWow its tough to find my phone sometimes when it is dead now... if it was transparent I'd be completely screwed.


    High precision GPS tracking!

    Though, that could also be used against you...
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    rds1220 , January 30, 2013 7:49 PM
    DevoteiconThey think they're being innovative and futuristic, but in reality, it's just lame and unnecessary.


    Exactly what I was thinking. Seems pretty stupid and useless. Also if it is compleatly see through (other than the parts mentioned) than how is that going to work out doors. Phone LCD screens (and laptops) can already be hard to see in a really sunny room or outdoors. Also the rest of the device is glass so what happens if you drop it? Lastly how is this inovative all it is, is a see through body anyone could have come up with that.
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    misterawsome , January 30, 2013 7:50 PM
    That would make finding your phone 10 million times harder
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    madjedi74 , January 30, 2013 8:07 PM
    It's a prototype people! Stop whinging! How is the development of cool tech like this a bad thing?
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    Anonymous , January 30, 2013 8:12 PM
    I call BS on it being a "smart phone". Do you think that small touchscreen will support any meaningful apps? Nope. Think there's a long-life battery in there? Nope. Do you see a speaker? Nope. You might be able to pull off some kind of "feature phone" with very few components and a very small battery, but it won't be what we expect from a "smart phone".
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    ronintexas , January 30, 2013 8:13 PM
    LOL - I am speechless.
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    punahou1 , January 30, 2013 8:16 PM
    Where is the battery?
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    Andy Chow , January 30, 2013 8:22 PM
    transparent battery?
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    Supercrit , January 30, 2013 8:30 PM
    shafe88This could easily be fixed if they coat the back with a one way mirror.


    You know that one way mirror does not work when both sides has similar light intensity right?
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