Logic-pushing designers Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet have brought us the swoopiest and most titillating smartphone concept I've seen in a few years. Intended to push the boundary of the interactive touch screen past the two dimensional, the Alo Smartphone incorporates holographic displays with voice control and a downright alien form factor.
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While obviously a conceptual project, there are some very cool features the two futurists feel are coming our way. The design's intensely fluid appearance and elongated "gelatinous" body are an unequivocal departure from the touch-oriented technology bricks we're familiar with. This would emphasize hand ergonomics over screen display (or pocket friendliness?).
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The Alo would also do away with touch input altogether in favor of voice, which seems a bit out of sync with the current still relatively private nature of touch typing. Though I find the idea of constant dictation wildly undesirable, the Alo framework picks up on the dramatic trend towards voice engaged digital assistants.
Perhaps more telling is the phone's shape. If we're going to be comfortable dictating every search string and personal message in the future, who will care about talking into a glowing silver AI vibrator?