toggle

AAPL Stock: 110.37 ( -1.97 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Docomo demonstrates Android on a transparent touchscreen

updated 05:53 pm EDT, Thu May 31, 2012

Transparent, double-sided screen with interaction possibilities

Japanese cellular carrier Docomo has been showing off a prototype smartphone that sports a transparent display. The device, developed in conjunction with Fujitsu, opens up new possibilities for smartphone interfaces, as the touchscreen is capable of registering inputs from both its front and back surfaces.

The prototype has a 2.4-inch, 320x240 QVGA display. In a video (below) showing off the technology, the user grasps the smartphone by its edges; both hands are capable of interacting with one of the two sides of the touchscreen.

The phone is shown running an older version of Android. The user in the video is able to use the index finger of the hand holding the phone to access the menu dropdown on the back-facing touchscreen without obscuring his view of the front of the display.

The dual touchscreens also enable novel interactions with the interface. The user is shown using the back-facing touchscreen to anchor a Rubik's Cube, while the front-facing touchscreen is used to manipulate aspects of the Cube without rotating the whole.

The device is still in the prototype stage, so there is no information on when or if it could make a commercial appearance. Docomo representatives say that, while it is possible the technology could be used in a sub-display, the screen will have to be both bigger and brighter before it is likely to appear in any consumer devices. [via Akihabara News]





by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...

MSI Geforce GTX 970 100ME

When Nvidia announced a new line of video cards in September 2014, many people thought things would continue to be business as usual i ...

toggle

Most Commented