A French designer named Philippe Starck was given the task of imagining the ALO smartphone of the future and the result looks like a science fiction movie.
The device has no screen and its images are projected through a holographic technology added inside.
The casing, as you can see in the images, is translucent, revealing its minimalist interior that barely shows a pair of traditional circuits.
This design, as novel as it may seem, is not new. In fact, its first version was outlined 22 years ago to appear at the 1995 in Berlin IFA technology fair.
However, at that time, the device implemented technologies that no one would have imagined on a cell phone back then.
More than two decades later, Starck, in collaboration with graphic designer Jerome Olivet, rendered an updated version of Alo, the name with which they christened the strange device without screen or physical buttons.
However Philippe Starck has already seen him designing the aforementioned Xiaomi Mi Mix, and now together with his partner Olivet and the French electronics company Thomson, they wanted to share their vision of the smartphone of the future: its name is Alo, it has no screen, And bases all its efficiency on holographic capabilities and voice commands.
Alo would be controlled by voice control, which, if we consider the advances of intelligent assistants like Alexa, Cortana or Siri, does not look as far from reality as it did in 1995, when these technologies were still years of being common on the phones.
The device would be molded in aluminum that would guarantee protection in case of blows or falls and its casing would be flexible.
As you can realize by the lack of traditional displays, Starck is not a fanatic of the screens, reason why it has denied this technology to his hypothetical gear.
According to Deezen, the terminal will not have a large touch screen, but thanks to holographic technology, messages, photographs, videos and even films will be projected in three dimensions.
Also, we will not need to execute the actions manually, since we can control the device only with our voice. This last feature has been a marked trend that we will see a lot in the smart phones of this year 2017, and that was born from the virtual assistants, especially Google Assistant.
“Alo offers a voice interface for all phone functions. He reads text messages and emails, and even allows to dictate messages instead of writing them, “Jerome Olivet, also a mobile designer, told Deezen.
Its construction does not resemble any that we have seen previously. It is made of aluminum and has a folding casing that works with a haptic interface, in which we will have at our disposal a panel to write in case we want.
However, in terms of its structure, its most striking feature is its ability to self-repair: it is able to recover automatically if it has suffered any damage.
ALO is a phone concept of the future that we will not see in the short term, but leaves the imagination open. It is a phone with a molded aluminum alloy core with curvatures that adapt to the hand in a living material capable of self-repair if it is damaged. The device does not have a screen and bases all its operation on holographic technology and voice commands.
The terminal could project a virtual screen to the user to perform the common tasks of a mobile phone, and would not need a screen, since it would only be controlled with voice commands. The truth is that it is not easy to imagine a phone that everyone controls with the voice and that projected screens within the reach of anyone’s vision, but it is an extroverted concept and different from what is being done.
The camera of this Philippe Starck phone is capable of recognizing objects and the body of the device has haptic vibration and heat capabilities to increase your experience. The recent presentation of Google Assistant and the constant search of large technology companies to improve their voice assistants, seem to paint a concrete horizon in the world of communication between human and machine.