A Screen-less Smartphone
For as long as any of us can remember, people have been on a quest for the best in mobile communication. From the huge Motorola “brick” phones of the 1980s to the extending antenna, various branded “flip phones” of the 1990s to the “who’s phone is the smallest” competition of Nokia and Sony Ericsson of the 2000s to the “who’s phone is the biggest” period of Samsung and iPhone we’re currently in – mobile phones are a major part of everyday life.
The true question though is always, “what’s next?”
I want you to imagine a world with a mobile phone that isn’t bound by screen size, interface or OS. Instead of a typical screen, it would use holograms to display images in mid-air or on a surface. Instead of typing your text messages, it would use voice recognition to transcribe the messages or send voice-to-voice messages. Instead of being rectangular, it would be cylindrical or free to take any other form.
Now before you tell me I’ve seen Star Wars one too many times, you should know that this is not a joke, not some Sci-Fi fan’s wet dream but rather something being pursued by French designers Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet. Codenamed “Alo”, the two designers imagined this as challenge to a mobile phone market that is currently dominated by purely touch screen phones.
Though the technology for the Alo to truly become a reality is a little ways away, the recent release of the bezel-less, edge-to-edge screened Xiaomi Mi Mix (designed by Philippe Starck) could indeed be a peak of things to come.
And... That's it!