So yeah. Here it is. An almost entirely transparent cellphone. And there was much rejoicing, because such technology will make our lives better in the following ways:
I mean, this is sort of cool, in a gimmicky way, but I feel like it's going to be hard to sell people on a phone that you can't see. I want to be able to look at my phone and read what's on the screen, thank you very much. There's nothing inside it that I need to check up on, and while I suppose you'd gain some advantage if you're trying to text while walking or do some augmented reality stuff, you can mostly duplicate the effect with a live camera image on a normal screen.
We're all for the idea of transparent electronics on principle, and we think that they absolutely belong in applications where seeing through them is important (like cars), we're just not completely sold on portable electronics that are transparent just for the sake of being transparent. At least, not from a practical standpoint, but maybe from a this-makes-us-feel-like-we're-living-in-the-future one.
The good news here is that for better or worse, the Taiwanese company responsible for this prototype (Polytron) says that it could be manufacturing these phones by the end of 2013. The bad news here is that we can't see anything that looks like a processor or all of the other cellphoneish guts that kind of have to be in there somewhere to get a phone to be a phone, so we're betting that if this thing does come out this year, it's going to be significantly less see-through.