In Brief
  • A new phone concept designed by Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet is a voice activated, gelatinous, transparent futuristic vision of where smartphones could go.
  • Continuing with the trend of subtracting hardware, the phone contains no screen but will be capable of projecting 3D holograms.

The words gelatinous and smartphone might not seem like they belong in the same sentence together. In fact, they barely belong in the same dictionary together. But the Alo smartphone, an unfinished, unreleased technology, is described as a gelatinous, ergonomically shaped to fit the hand well, voice-activated and controlled smartphone. Designed by Jerome Olivet and Phillippe Starck, this design promises to be the future of smartphone technology.

Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet
Image credit: Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet

This phone is unlike any current model, and its most notable feature (that we know of yet) is that it will be able to project holograms. Yes, you read that right. Any messages, photographs, or even movies would be able to be viewed as 3-D holograms. And while an entirely voice-controlled smartphone might seem a little bit strange and difficult to use, it is supposedly designed to be remarkably user-friendly.

According to Olivet, the product design specialist, “The phone’s camera acts as an ‘eye’. Among other things, it allows the reader to read the texts he detects or to identify the faces. It also allows you to project a 3D hologram to view a movie or message.”

A user could also communicate with the device through vibrations and, oddly enough, heat. Inside of the phone would be a center made up of an aluminum alloy that would vibrate and give feedback to the user through temperature. According to Olivet, “Its translucent skin emits vibrations or communicates by producing heat depending on its activity,” and “Its skin repairs automatically as soon as it is damaged.”

Image credit: Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet
Image credit: Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet

Olivet was also quoted as saying that the device “is a true artificial intelligence.” And as AI technology continues to rise in popularity and functionality, more products might look like this incredible gelatinous device.