Forget touchscreens, this smartphone concept wants to use holograms

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Your future smartphone could be entirely voice activated, displaying your text messages and other info with holograms. At least, that’s the idea behind Alo, a new smartphone concept that imagines a touchscreen-less smartphone. 

Created by French designer Jamie Olivet with art direction from acclaimed designer Philippe Starck, Alo ditches the typical smartphone display. Instead, the voice-activated phone will project holograms from its camera that show your text messages or let you watch videos, according to Dezeen’s interview with Oliviet. 

While the core of the device is molded aluminum alloy, the outer shell is a “gelatinous, supple and natural envelope that perfectly fits your hand,” Olivet writes on his website. I am not really sure what that means (I’ve reached out to Olivet for more information) but Deezan reports the surface will also vibrate and give off heat as another means of interaction. Read more…

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A good dad will tell you the joy of fatherhood is reward enough for them.

They’re lying, of course.

Dads love Father’s Day, that one-time-a-year when everyone in the family pays attention to them, lets them choose the dinner menu (preferably meat) and the binge-viewing of choice (preferably Top Gear), all while handing them some small token of appreciation for all they do as a parent.

Sure, your dad might be telling the truth when he says, “Just give me a hug and I’ll be happy.” (Yeah, a hug would be nice.) But the subtext is, “and then hand me a little something to open.” Read more…

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