I Can See Through Your Juice

The Second Life Mobile Phone Concept works on the premise that we often forget about the battery life of our mobile phones, hence run out of juice, just at the wrong time. As a remedy (rather power-saver-option) the phone incorporates a double display. When in active use the AMOLED screen powers up in all glory and in standby mode the E-ink display gets active. This essentially means that the E-ink uses very little energy and the degree of transparency of the display shows how much battery is remaining. The more transparent the display, the less battery remaining.

So besides ultra-low power consumption, the transparent screen offers an intuitive expression: “You’re low on juice so better recharge the phone soon!” Apparently the E-ink uses power to change the degree of transparency and doesn’t add to the battery load.

I like the idea behind the concept and its transparent vibe, but I guess its more aimed at a niche set of people who keep forgetting to put their phone on charge.

Designers: Cho Sinhyung & Jeon Jungjae

115 Comments

  • Sharon says:

    And the juice is here to live…For sure…

  • Sharon says:

    And the juice is here to live…For sure…

  • zero.rocks says:

    this is so …
    AWWWEEESOOMEE! .
    wer can we buy it? . and how much? .

  • zero.rocks says:

    this is so …
    AWWWEEESOOMEE! .
    wer can we buy it? . and how much? .

  • Victor says:

    Ow My God !

  • Victor says:

    Ow My God !

  • Duncan says:

    Interesting concept. It looks extremely fragile, but oh-so pretty.

    I’d like to see more.

  • Duncan says:

    Interesting concept. It looks extremely fragile, but oh-so pretty.

    I’d like to see more.

  • victor_lekweuwa says:

    This is really cool but with the available technology out there, it is not yet possible to have a phone as transparent as you have in the pictures. Even if the phone is see-through, all you'll really be seeing is the circuitry and chips inside and not necessarily the other side of the phone. In order for this to be possible, all the chips and circuitry has to be located at a very small section/ corner of the phone. And in order to make that happen and have the phone this thin, you would need flexible circuit boards, ultra thin chips, ultra thin lithium battery cells, and perhaps Toshiba's new ultra thin memory. And what material will the cover be made of to protect from drop? But still that wouldn't be enough to execute this project because it still wouldn't be see through. So in all reality, e-ink technology is not enough and this concept idea is not possible. Sorry to burst your bubble. Good luck in more realistic ideas.

    • Syed Rahman says:

      actually they already have a laptop up and running with a completely see through screen (Samsung's see-through OLED) so you would just have to manage shoving all the components to one side of the phone. The rest of it is pretty doable. it was a great idea 🙂 Not much too much of a bubble bursted

      • Adam says:

        Whats behind a laptop screen (hardly anything) is completely different than what's behind a phone's display(everything)
        battery
        cpu
        flashdrive
        graphics chip
        etcccc
        None of those things are anywhere near being capable of being transparent.

    • alex says:

      the technology exists, just not for the public. the government definitely has the technology to do this, and more.

      • Mack says:

        lol. so many people think this way. What would 'the evil twisted government' do with something like this other than sell it for hundreds and hundreds of dollars per unit to the public? Oh, I bet the CIA has a use for transparent phones, more so than the a consumer. Grow up.

  • victor_lekweuwa says:

    This is really cool but with the available technology out there, it is not yet possible to have a phone as transparent as you have in the pictures. Even if the phone is see-through, all you'll really be seeing is the circuitry and chips inside and not necessarily the other side of the phone. In order for this to be possible, all the chips and circuitry has to be located at a very small section/ corner of the phone. And in order to make that happen and have the phone this thin, you would need flexible circuit boards, ultra thin chips, ultra thin lithium battery cells, and perhaps Toshiba's new ultra thin memory. And what material will the cover be made of to protect from drop? But still that wouldn't be enough to execute this project because it still wouldn't be see through. So in all reality, e-ink technology is not enough and this concept idea is not possible. Sorry to burst your bubble. Good luck in more realistic ideas.

    • Syed Rahman says:

      actually they already have a laptop up and running with a completely see through screen (Samsung's see-through OLED) so you would just have to manage shoving all the components to one side of the phone. The rest of it is pretty doable. it was a great idea 🙂 Not much too much of a bubble bursted

      • Adam says:

        Whats behind a laptop screen (hardly anything) is completely different than what's behind a phone's display(everything)
        battery
        cpu
        flashdrive
        graphics chip
        etcccc
        None of those things are anywhere near being capable of being transparent.

    • alex says:

      the technology exists, just not for the public. the government definitely has the technology to do this, and more.

      • Mack says:

        lol. so many people think this way. What would 'the evil twisted government' do with something like this other than sell it for hundreds and hundreds of dollars per unit to the public? Oh, I bet the CIA has a use for transparent phones, more so than the a consumer. Grow up.

        • Anon says:

          Who said anything about the government being evil or twisted? It's not a bad presumption to make, governments DO have access to a lot more technology than individuals or corporations, and the funds to buy, beg, borrow or steal said technology if they don't have it.

          YOU grow up. Just because someone says the government is big and powerful (and it is), doesn't mean they think the government is also evil or twisted. And there ARE evil and twisted governments out there. Just in case you didn't know.

  • Steve says:

    Andoid, Niceee! Would be good!

  • Steve says:

    Andoid, Niceee! Would be good!

  • i think it would be possible using tiny projection lasers in the bud and have those lasers hit chemicals in the glass that cause the image to be desplayed.. if you can electronically control the chemicals in the glasss.. hmm..

  • i think it would be possible using tiny projection lasers in the bud and have those lasers hit chemicals in the glass that cause the image to be desplayed.. if you can electronically control the chemicals in the glasss.. hmm..

  • guusdehoog says:

    E-ink technology is still not see through is it? If so: can somebody send me a link to a sample? It's an interesting concept, but I think the e-ink advantage (longer battery life) is abolished by the fact that you cannot put a descent battery in this design: because where would you put it?

  • guusdehoog says:

    E-ink technology is still not see through is it? If so: can somebody send me a link to a sample? It's an interesting concept, but I think the e-ink advantage (longer battery life) is abolished by the fact that you cannot put a descent battery in this design: because where would you put it?

  • IntyHastamine says:

    hate the transparency = battery power thing.

    rubbish idea. if i let my phone battery get low, it's usually because i'm not home and that's when I need my phone the MOST. so now instead of being all high-contrast and clear so i can see the time/stats at a glance, it goes all transparent so every time i want to glance at the time or check my dying battery i have to bring it to life and use up MORE power? way to go.

  • IntyHastamine says:

    hate the transparency = battery power thing.

    rubbish idea. if i let my phone battery get low, it's usually because i'm not home and that's when I need my phone the MOST. so now instead of being all high-contrast and clear so i can see the time/stats at a glance, it goes all transparent so every time i want to glance at the time or check my dying battery i have to bring it to life and use up MORE power? way to go.

  • Mike says:

    pixel chi already dual displays LCD screen and E-paper. It also switches dependent on the lighting so there is never a glare.

  • Mike says:

    pixel chi already dual displays LCD screen and E-paper. It also switches dependent on the lighting so there is never a glare.

  • rajesh says:

    nice friend

  • rajesh says:

    nice friend

  • kojo donkor says:

    kkkk i like it much

  • kojo donkor says:

    kkkk i like it much

  • Doug says:

    Anyone criticizing the battery issue of this is an idiot. Simple as that. It is a design that allows full functionality, but when the battery starts to die down, as happens on every single portable device we own, it cuts out the more energy intensive display parts and only uses the minimal grayscale E-ink mode, to maintain bare bones display functionality. It's not a gimmick, it's a great design feature. The writer of this is equally clueless, "I guess its more aimed at a niche set of people who keep forgetting to put their phone on charge."… I picture the writer describing the first electric car battery long ago as "I guess its more aimed at a niche set of people who lack the strength to manually crank their car." No, it's a feature. The obvious breakthrough idea is a completely transparent thin phone. The power-saving feature is a trivial addition.

    • Dustin says:

      So, where exactly would the battery go? Most cellphone batteries fit in at a minimum of half the height and the full width of the phone on the back. Unless battery technology revolutionizes, it won't happen. Even then though, this phone would be more niche compared to a blackberry for example. When you could make the battery smaller and fit in that tiny button on this phone, why would blackberry phones? Chances are, they'd keep around the same size battery, you just wouldn't have to change it for a much longer period.

      Also, this is a pretty rough idea too. Usually theres these things called wires that run to the camera in the top of the phone. But even still, you need space for the memory, obvious phone workings, computer workings, and then you'll need ot match all the features current phones have. Obviously, if this were to market, it would be a niche product. In order to be more mainstream and less niche, you have to fullfil the needs of everyone using a cellphone. Impossible sure, but the one that does it the best will always win out.

  • Doug says:

    Anyone criticizing the battery issue of this is an idiot. Simple as that. It is a design that allows full functionality, but when the battery starts to die down, as happens on every single portable device we own, it cuts out the more energy intensive display parts and only uses the minimal grayscale E-ink mode, to maintain bare bones display functionality. It's not a gimmick, it's a great design feature. The writer of this is equally clueless, “I guess its more aimed at a niche set of people who keep forgetting to put their phone on charge.”… I picture the writer describing the first electric car battery long ago as “I guess its more aimed at a niche set of people who lack the strength to manually crank their car.” No, it's a feature. The obvious breakthrough idea is a completely transparent thin phone. The power-saving feature is a trivial addition.

    • Dustin says:

      So, where exactly would the battery go? Most cellphone batteries fit in at a minimum of half the height and the full width of the phone on the back. Unless battery technology revolutionizes, it won't happen. Even then though, this phone would be more niche compared to a blackberry for example. When you could make the battery smaller and fit in that tiny button on this phone, why would blackberry phones? Chances are, they'd keep around the same size battery, you just wouldn't have to change it for a much longer period.

      Also, this is a pretty rough idea too. Usually theres these things called wires that run to the camera in the top of the phone. But even still, you need space for the memory, obvious phone workings, computer workings, and then you'll need ot match all the features current phones have. Obviously, if this were to market, it would be a niche product. In order to be more mainstream and less niche, you have to fullfil the needs of everyone using a cellphone. Impossible sure, but the one that does it the best will always win out.

  • Thunder says:

    a good think.

  • Thunder says:

    a good think.

  • paul says:

    i want know from where i can buy this phone if is for real offcourse.thanks

  • paul says:

    i want know from where i can buy this phone if is for real offcourse.thanks

  • riki says:

    I really don't understand this obsession with transparent displays. Sure they look cool, but there are serious drawbacks as well. They can't be back lit – so you can't use them in the dark, it will be hard to read what's on the screen when objects are behind it, and they aren't very private. When on a laptop, you could be viewing or sending valuable data or visiting naughty websites 😛 and everyone will be able to see what you are doing

  • riki says:

    I really don't understand this obsession with transparent displays. Sure they look cool, but there are serious drawbacks as well. They can't be back lit – so you can't use them in the dark, it will be hard to read what's on the screen when objects are behind it, and they aren't very private. When on a laptop, you could be viewing or sending valuable data or visiting naughty websites 😛 and everyone will be able to see what you are doing

  • Dave H says:

    It's a concept people, not a real product, like nearly everything that appears on this site. It doesn't exist, and probably will never exist, because the leading philosophy in modern design seems to be a style of free-form thinking that has no basis in reality. It's a high-concept form of slinging whatever glop that comes to hand against the wall and seeing what will stick.

    Far too many designers favor form without giving a single thought to function, and they are egged on by people without a clue how (1) incredibly impractical it would be to produce (if not outright impossible), and (2) how incredibly impractical it would be to use every day.

    I think all designers need to be mandated to attend a certain level of engineering classes, and vice versa; and BOTH should be forced to actually use the prototypes before it goes into production. Everyone seems to think the "wow" factor is primary, but they forget it has to work too, and people have to want to use it. Apple has that concept down pat … beautiful designs plus excellent functionality result in people being willing to pay far more than the thing costs to make.

    Let's just say the technology for this product existed (and it does not, lets get that straight, you would have to see something of the innards … and e-ink screens are most decidedly NOT transparent when inactive). Would people actually buy it when the cost turns out to be ten times (or more) that of a similarly functional device? Just for a more visible battery level indicator? Come on, designers, get your heads out of the clouds.

  • Dave H says:

    It's a concept people, not a real product, like nearly everything that appears on this site. It doesn't exist, and probably will never exist, because the leading philosophy in modern design seems to be a style of free-form thinking that has no basis in reality. It's a high-concept form of slinging whatever glop that comes to hand against the wall and seeing what will stick.

    Far too many designers favor form without giving a single thought to function, and they are egged on by people without a clue how (1) incredibly impractical it would be to produce (if not outright impossible), and (2) how incredibly impractical it would be to use every day.

    I think all designers need to be mandated to attend a certain level of engineering classes, and vice versa; and BOTH should be forced to actually use the prototypes before it goes into production. Everyone seems to think the “wow” factor is primary, but they forget it has to work too, and people have to want to use it. Apple has that concept down pat … beautiful designs plus excellent functionality result in people being willing to pay far more than the thing costs to make.

    Let's just say the technology for this product existed (and it does not, lets get that straight, you would have to see something of the innards … and e-ink screens are most decidedly NOT transparent when inactive). Would people actually buy it when the cost turns out to be ten times (or more) that of a similarly functional device? Just for a more visible battery level indicator? Come on, designers, get your heads out of the clouds.

  • Jairus says:

    Sony erricson has already come out with a transparent screen for one of their phones thus making this possible.

  • Jairus says:

    Sony erricson has already come out with a transparent screen for one of their phones thus making this possible.

  • Eldon_of_Azure says:

    This design reminds me a lot of the Nokia Morph concept. Maybe the two minds should get together…

  • Eldon_of_Azure says:

    This design reminds me a lot of the Nokia Morph concept. Maybe the two minds should get together…

  • Gregosaurus Rex says:

    I'm fairly new to this site, having only seen about four pages thanks to StumbleUpon, but it seems to me that this site is about coming up with possible concepts, not practical designs. Every concept is going to be rough and impractical at first, but with CONSTRUCTIVE criticism these ideas can become reality. I'm fairly sure the original concepts for telephones and wireless internet seemed highly impractical at the time, but they eventually became reality. So please take the practicality of these concepts with a grain of salt and politely point out how people's ideas are crappy instead of incessant mud slinging (unless you're trolling in which case carry on).

    1) A phone cannot be fully transparent because there are parts that are required in a phone that currently cannot be made transparent. However, if a section at the bottom were opaque, it could hold the batteries and other necessary parts for the phone with a transparent top (think of a knife with a wooden handle, except the metal is glass and the wood is plastic). Even if the necessary parts are visible, this never stopped kids from thinking the transparent N64 controllers were the coolest things ever. Even boys would fight for the purple controller over the gray if it was transparent.

    2) If there is a thicker outline of plastic around the entire thing, this could protect the glass in the center if it's dropped and lights could be added to give it side lighting instead of back lighting. This would also leave room for wires to the camera and speaker at the top.

    3) I don't know much about e-ink so I can't offer suggestions on how to make that more transparent while not in use as someone pointed out above, but as john c. said you could possibly use lasers, though instead of chemicals possibly aim the lasers at an angle to hit the glass at appropriate spots on the surface of the glass, and if properly connected to resistors or other more appropriate electronic parts, I could see how the amount of battery life left could change the transparency without putting a further burden on the battery life. And in response to another complaint above, most phones already have a difference between active and inactive states of use, so any time you use your phone you're already using more power than when it's not in use. I don't understand how that was even an issue with this design as opposed to any other phone.

    4) As to the privacy issues, as I enjoy those nice surprises from my girlfriend as much as anyone else but don't wish my parents and friends to enjoy it at the same time, you could possibly use one way glass, the same used in police interrogation rooms, and with the side lighting this would make it so you could only see it from the front and not the back (though this may take a good bit of work to perfect).

    I think that covers most of the issues people had with the phone and with some work this phone could become a reality at some point. The biggest concern in my opinion would be finding quality parts that don't cost too much. And to Dave up above, not to start a debate over apple products, but they have a tendency to lack a lot of functionality. The lack of flash on the iPhone and iPad would be one excellent example. Apple is much better at making their products look pretty and at marketing their products than at making their products high quality in terms of functionality. Though I do admit that their products always do look really cool. Also Dave, products are usually tested before being fully released to the public. In software it's called beta testing. It's also commonplace in the pharmaceuticals market. It's not up to the designers to test the product, but the company producing it. Also, I would never have a designer take an engineering course. Designers are meant to be creative and try to image what could be, not what is. It's up to the engineers to take their ideas and change them to make it practical and applicable.

    With current battery and circuitry technology this idea may not come out as perfectly as you're hoping, but with changes in technology this product could become more and more realistic. I like the concept over all and I hope it could work out for you some day.

  • Gregosaurus Rex says:

    I'm fairly new to this site, having only seen about four pages thanks to StumbleUpon, but it seems to me that this site is about coming up with possible concepts, not practical designs. Every concept is going to be rough and impractical at first, but with CONSTRUCTIVE criticism these ideas can become reality. I'm fairly sure the original concepts for telephones and wireless internet seemed highly impractical at the time, but they eventually became reality. So please take the practicality of these concepts with a grain of salt and politely point out how people's ideas are crappy instead of incessant mud slinging (unless you're trolling in which case carry on).

    1) A phone cannot be fully transparent because there are parts that are required in a phone that currently cannot be made transparent. However, if a section at the bottom were opaque, it could hold the batteries and other necessary parts for the phone with a transparent top (think of a knife with a wooden handle, except the metal is glass and the wood is plastic). Even if the necessary parts are visible, this never stopped kids from thinking the transparent N64 controllers were the coolest things ever. Even boys would fight for the purple controller over the gray if it was transparent.

    2) If there is a thicker outline of plastic around the entire thing, this could protect the glass in the center if it's dropped and lights could be added to give it side lighting instead of back lighting. This would also leave room for wires to the camera and speaker at the top.

    3) I don't know much about e-ink so I can't offer suggestions on how to make that more transparent while not in use as someone pointed out above, but as john c. said you could possibly use lasers, though instead of chemicals possibly aim the lasers at an angle to hit the glass at appropriate spots on the surface of the glass, and if properly connected to resistors or other more appropriate electronic parts, I could see how the amount of battery life left could change the transparency without putting a further burden on the battery life. And in response to another complaint above, most phones already have a difference between active and inactive states of use, so any time you use your phone you're already using more power than when it's not in use. I don't understand how that was even an issue with this design as opposed to any other phone.

    4) As to the privacy issues, as I enjoy those nice surprises from my girlfriend as much as anyone else but don't wish my parents and friends to enjoy it at the same time, you could possibly use one way glass, the same used in police interrogation rooms, and with the side lighting this would make it so you could only see it from the front and not the back (though this may take a good bit of work to perfect).

    I think that covers most of the issues people had with the phone and with some work this phone could become a reality at some point. The biggest concern in my opinion would be finding quality parts that don't cost too much. And to Dave up above, not to start a debate over apple products, but they have a tendency to lack a lot of functionality. The lack of flash on the iPhone and iPad would be one excellent example. Apple is much better at making their products look pretty and at marketing their products than at making their products high quality in terms of functionality. Though I do admit that their products always do look really cool. Also Dave, products are usually tested before being fully released to the public. In software it's called beta testing. It's also commonplace in the pharmaceuticals market. It's not up to the designers to test the product, but the company producing it. Also, I would never have a designer take an engineering course. Designers are meant to be creative and try to image what could be, not what is. It's up to the engineers to take their ideas and change them to make it practical and applicable.

    With current battery and circuitry technology this idea may not come out as perfectly as you're hoping, but with changes in technology this product could become more and more realistic. I like the concept over all and I hope it could work out for you some day.

  • ArjunArya says:

    cut the crap . . . . its a beautiful gadget !!

    May the force be with you !!

  • ArjunArya says:

    cut the crap . . . . its a beautiful gadget !!

    May the force be with you !!

  • Me says:

    Is it possible to make aluminum ion batteries, are they efficient? If so, the problem of where to put the battery would be technically solved, some company that I can not remember the name of is making bulletproof aluminum glass. But, of course I could be wrong, and once it’s ionized it can not be made into glass… but it’s still a really good concept.

  • Me says:

    Is it possible to make aluminum ion batteries, are they efficient? If so, the problem of where to put the battery would be technically solved, some company that I can not remember the name of is making bulletproof aluminum glass. But, of course I could be wrong, and once it’s ionized it can not be made into glass… but it’s still a really good concept.

  • Chris Shaw says:

    this is what happens when someone with an art degree tries their hand at product engineering. i honestly havent seen one design on here that is either practical, or achievable at "any" point in the future. I appreciate the eye candy but theres a limit on how much skill goes into designing what will only ever be a picture. To put it in perspective, I could mock up a see through laptop after a day or so, doesnt make me a design genius!

  • Chris Shaw says:

    this is what happens when someone with an art degree tries their hand at product engineering. i honestly havent seen one design on here that is either practical, or achievable at “any” point in the future. I appreciate the eye candy but theres a limit on how much skill goes into designing what will only ever be a picture. To put it in perspective, I could mock up a see through laptop after a day or so, doesnt make me a design genius!

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  • Proper Porn says:

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  • guess says:

    Who is the manufacturer of this phone?

  • guess says:

    Who is the manufacturer of this phone?

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