Philippe Starck Designs the Transparent Smartphone of the Future

2 February 2017

Do you think that Philippe Starck’s Alo Smartphone is the Phone of the Future?

Well, do you think that Philippe Starck’s Alo Smartphone is the phone of the future? This smartphone could change the game completely!

It was imagined by French designers Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet, who have proposed a radical concept for the future of phones based on holograms and voice control.

Designed for the future when voice-activated technology dominates, this smartphone has a “gelatinous”, translucent and elongated case designed to fit naturally in the hand.

Instead of having a touchscreen like you see on the other smartphones, this one, projects any movies or messages you want to see as a 3D holographic image.

“Alo provides a fully vocalised interface in all phone functions, reads SMS and emails, and even allows them to dictate their messages rather than typing them,” said Olivet, who specialises in product design for new technologies.

“The phone’s camera acts as an ‘eye’. Among other things, it allows the reader to read the texts he detects or to identify the faces. It also allows you to project a 3D hologram to view a movie or message.”

Do you think that Philippe Starck’s Alo Smartphone is the Phone of the Future?
Do you think that Philippe Starck’s Alo Smartphone is the Phone of the Future?

It is entirely operated by voice commands and its center is moulded aluminium alloy core.

The pliable casing is designed to function as a haptic interface, giving feedback through heat as well as vibration.

Do you think that Philippe Starck’s Alo Smartphone is the Phone of the Future?
Do you think that Philippe Starck’s Alo Smartphone is the Phone of the Future?

“Its translucent skin emits vibrations or communicates by producing heat depending on its activity,” Olivet told Dezeen. “Its skin repairs automatically as soon as it is damaged.”

The recent launch of smart assistants Amazon Echo and Google Home has brought voice-controlled smart assistants into many homes. Alo is designed for a time when speech recognition is so high-performing that other controls are not necessary.

Do you think that Philippe Starck’s Alo Smartphone is the Phone of the Future?
Do you think that Philippe Starck’s Alo Smartphone is the Phone of the Future? |pics via: dezeen.com|

While it is currently only a concept, Olivet plans to develop Alo, or a version of it, into a prototype. It is attached to French electronics brand Thomson.

“It is a true artificial intelligence,” said Olivet, who led the project, facilitated by Starck. “We can no longer separate from this device.”

Olivet and Starck plan to develop Alo into a prototype for Thomson later this year. So, stay tuned for more information.

Starck, although he has expressed some criticism of contemporary screen culture in the past, his first creation, the Mi Mix for Chinese electronics company Xiaomi, was praised for its near-edgeless display that covers 91 per cent of the phone’s front surface area.

Do you believe that this might me the phone of the future?