By Nishat Khan
Recently, touchscreen smartphones have come to be a huge part in our everyday lives, connecting us to our friends who live a few blocks down, and to our family who lives on the other side of the world, all by the touch of a button. Though the technologies created by Apple, Samsung, Google, and the like have greatly advanced the technological world, with their large screens and new updates, they still can’t seem to satisfy customers who have asked for a larger, easier to use touchscreen phone for years.
The question remains: how can these companies please users of smartphones in need of a larger screen without getting complaints of the phone itself being too big or too difficult to use? Google has come up with an answer to that, that may be the key to satisfying just about every customer: Screenless Display.
The idea of Screenless Display is to have a hands-free way to surf the web, answer calls, and in general, just use your phone. We’ve already seen it in films such as Iron Man and Star Wars, so why can’t we use it now?
Google has already taken the first step in creating prototypes that use Screenless Display such as Cardboard Virtual Reality Goggles and Google Glass.
Cardboard Virtual Reality Goggles offer a 3-D view of a video game or your phone. There are two polarized lenses that show two images, which the brain combines to create a 3-D image. The brain is then given the illusion of depth, and offers a type of virtual reality. The goggles can be bought online for as low as ten dollars.
Google Glass, like Virtual Reality Goggles, offers another wearable way to interact with Screenless Display. It is especially useful for people who wear prescription glasses, but anyone can wear it. Google Glass is a small device mounted on the frame of glasses. It is voice controlled and can be bought online for $1,500. Users can respond to text messages, listen to their favorite playlists, perfect their golf skills with GolfSight, and use navigation features.
Both Google Glass and Cardboard Virtual Reality Glasses use the concept of Screenless Display and are becoming more and more popular with the general public. Soon, the world may be ready to forget about their smartphones and fall in love with Screenless Display devices.