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Are invisible phones in our future?

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If you have problems losing your phone you might not like this news. Polytron, a Taiwanese manufacturer of "electronic and optical vision glass" believes we could see a transparent smartphone as early as later this year.

The prototype that the company demoed for MIS Asia was not yet functional as a phone but showed off the hardware for an invisible phone. And while you can see the battery, camera, and memory card, the rest of the phone is see-through with nearly invisible wires sandwiched between two pieces of glass.

So what exactly is the purpose of a nearly invisible phone? Sam Yu, Polytron's general manager, tells MIS Asia:

"I like things that are novel and look beautiful," he said, adding that the patent for the technology was developed four years ago. "Current mobile phones are heavier, but with this glass you can make it much lighter."

Yu also says that phone manufacturers are looking to use the product but declined to say which ones. No word on whether or not the phone is shatter-proof.

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[Via Discovery News, MIS Asia]

— By on February 11, 2013, 8:00 PM PST

Tyler Falk

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Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure