A Taiwanese company by the name of Polytron Technologies has built a device seemingly from the future, or our dreams. Their creation is an almost completely transparent smartphone made up of smart glass with liquid crystal molecules that can display images. The result is a see-through phone, with the exception of the batteries, MicroSD card and some electronic components.
Though this protoype is not a fully functioning phone, according to the makers, one made of this material would be lighter and more durable than an iPhone 5. When powered off, the glass goes opaque, only to clear up again when powered back on. The folks over at Polytron Technologies say that opaque glass can also be put around the visible components to make the phone look bit snazzier, though I kind of like the idea of seeing all of the parts, like my old Swatch "Jellyfish" watch.
Even though this is just a prototype designed to entice OEMs, it clearly (no pun intended) demonstrates its potential for camera, speakers and expandable storage. The invisible body does nothing to inhibit functionality, though it does increase the chances of accidentally sitting on it.
Polytron Technologies expects to have a fully functional device by the end of 2013. We are excited about this to say the least. And if we were in charge of such things at Microsoft or any device manufacturer, we'd be working like gangbusters to get an exclusivity deal with Polytron.