Photo: Are transparent displays dumb or brilliant?

A see-through iPhone hit the Google+ "What's Hot" list this week. One day later, a transparent-display iPad hit the list as well.

Transparent-display iPhones and clear iPads don't exist, of course. They're "design fiction" -- drawings and videos created with the help of software to create the illusion of reality.

But do transparent displays have a future in real life?

Here's my column about see-through displays, where I say they're terrible for mobile devices, but fantastic for just about every other application. Plus, you can buy one now from Samsung!

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9236434/Are_transparent_displays_dumb_or_brilliant_
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Are transparent displays dumb or brilliant?

A see-through iPhone hit the Google+ "What's Hot" list this week. One day later, a transparent-display iPad hit the list as well.

Transparent-display iPhones and clear iPads don't exist, of course. They're "design fiction" -- drawings and videos created with the help of software to create the illusion of reality.

But do transparent displays have a future in real life?

Here's my column about see-through displays, where I say they're terrible for mobile devices, but fantastic for just about every other application. Plus, you can buy one now from Samsung!

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9236434/Are_transparent_displays_dumb_or_brilliant_

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