This futuristic deign is made for a time when speech recognition is highly accurate and deeply embedded within society so much so that other controls aren’t necessary.

With the rise of wearable interfaces, virtual and augmented reality, voice-controlled AI and other technologies predicted to go mainstream within the short term, the continuation of smartphones in their current form is in jeopardy. Following the trends of customized, three-dimensional and ‘screenless’ hardware, French designer Jerome Olivet has created a sleek new concept design for the future of smartphones, complete with a natural fitting grip and holographic capabilities. Ergonomic, with a fluid, ‘gelatinous’ aesthetic, the Alo smartphone features a tiny camera-projector combo which spits out three-dimensional images, movies and messages, in preparation for a time when the content we digest has length, width and depth.

The phone also reads aloud incoming texts and emails if instructed, and lets you respond through voice command, presumably with better interpretation skills than current-gen devices.

In the center of the futuristic gadget lies a pliable casing molded from an aluminum alloy core, which functions as a haptic feedback interface that can vibrate and even heat up to catch your attention or provide confirmation that Alo has understood a particular command. Even more exciting, the translucent skin automatically repairs itself according to Olivet, so should you drop your Alo, you can rest assured your invisible apps and documents are still safe and sound (even if you forgot to sync them to the cloud).

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The project follows Starck’s previous work in smartphone development, with his designs for the Mi Mix for Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi won him praise for the near-edgeless display which covers exactly 91 percent on the face’s surface area. Having since reverted on his attitude of contemporary screen culture, Alo isn’t just a reimagining of a smartphone’s design or functionality, but the role it plays in our lives. And though the design has yet to manifest as a physical prototype, plans are on the way for some version of the object to materialize. Ties to French electronics brand Thomson may help expedite this process.

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With the rise of wearable interfaces, virtual and augmented reality, voice-controlled AI and other technologies predicted to go mainstream within the short term, the continuation of smartphones in their current form is in jeopardy. Following the trends of customized, three-dimensional and ‘screenless’ hardware, French designer Jerome Olivet has created a sleek new concept design for the future of smartphones, complete with a natural fitting grip and holographic capabilities. Ergonomic, with a fluid, ‘gelatinous’ aesthetic, the Alo smartphone features a tiny camera-projector combo which spits out three-dimensional images, movies and messages, in preparation for a time when the content we digest has length, width and depth.