Philippe Starck is currently one of the most important industrial designers of our time, his works have transcended due to its peculiar aspect that mixes aesthetics with functionality. Its work is present in a large number of architectural projects and various types of objects. Perhaps for many of us it will be easier to identify him if we say that he was responsible for the design of the Mi Mix of Xiaomi.
Now Starck has joined Jerome Olivet, another famous French designer, to create a concept that shows us what the smartphone of the future should be like, a radical change that completely eliminates the touch screen interface, to take a step towards the use Of holograms.
Starck’s work in the Mi Mix has been deeply praised throughout the world, as it is the first smartphone with a screen covering 91% of the front surface of the device. However, Starck is against the growing ‘screen culture’, where everything is being taken to this type of formats, which according to him are impractical, in addition to leaving very few possibilities to play with the design and factors so.
The ‘ALO’ smartphone is a resounding response to all this, since it would be a translucent device with an elongated design designed to fit naturally in the hand. Here there would be no screen or tactile surfaces, all the information would be deployed by holograms either on the same device or projected on some other surface.
We could see from videos, messages, read news, and any activity through 3D holographic images. For its operation, we would be based exclusively on voice commands, where thanks to a virtual assistant we will be able to access the functions provided by this smartphone.
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The ALO camera would be one of the most important points, since it would behave “like the human eye”, being able to identify objects, places, situations, people, and even texts, in order to act accordingly, besides that it will also serve As a means of projection.
The heart of ALO would be made of a cast aluminum alloy, which would be covered by a flexible polymer shell that would have haptic response capabilities. The feedback would be by means of small vibrations or producing heat, here it will depend on what we are doing or the place where we are. In addition, the housing would have self healing capabilities, which would cause the device to support maltreatment.
This unconventional idea about a smartphone is a work done for the French electronics company Thomson, where they try to lay the groundwork for a future that will be dominated by artificial intelligence and robotics. Although it is a concept, both designers are looking for ways to manufacture a prototype, which may not have all the functions they want, but at least they want to show how it would look physically.