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Foldable, transparent phone

April 11, 2019.

Transparent foldable phone

© LG Electronics.

LG has filed a patent for a phone that’s not just foldable, but also transparent. TV shows and sci-fi flicks are replete with transparent tablets and displays; but what possible use could they have back here in real life, except maybe to look cool and futuristic? While the patent is long on description, it is short on use. But getting back to the subject: the handset has an opaque section on the right hand side to hide the battery and electronics, while the rest is see-through; a wheel even allows you to adjust transparency. While LG does have the technology to make such a phone, like flexible and transparent OLED screens, there’s no guarantee that the patent will one day give rise to an actual product.

United States Patent and Trademark Office, “US patent 10,254,863.”

The Verge, “LG patents a transparent foldable phone.”