Two French designers, Phillippe Starck and Jerome Olivet, have an entirely new spin on the 21st-century smartphone. Considered to be the perfect mix between holographic technology and voice-recognition, the Alo smartphone has a “gelatinous, translucent and elongated case designed to fit naturally in the hand,” according to Dezeen.

Voice Commands & Holographic Images

Whether it’s 3D images you can “virtually” touch or groundbreaking display technology, holography has taken a giant leap forward in the past few years. It’s about to integrate into our smartphones. Instead of the touch screen controls that we’re all accustomed to, Alo projects media or messages via a 3D holographic image. It’s also controlled by voice commands – making this the most intuitive smartphone concept unveiled to date.

“Alo provides a fully vocalized interface in all phone functions, reads SMS and emails, and even allows them to dictate their messages rather than typing them,” said product design specialist Olivet in a recent interview with Dezeen. “The phone camera acts as an “eye.” It’s true artificial intelligence.”

Armed with built-in voice recognition software, Alo is capable of reading SMS and emails and even allows users to dictate messages instead of typing them. The difference maker: the phone’s ability to use voice commands to project 3D holograms to view a movie or message.

Futuristic Design Materials

Housed in a futuristic pliable casing that protects its aluminum alloy core, Alo is capable of responding to its user by omitting heat as well as vibrations. Alo’s malleable materials are designed to morph to its user. “Its translucent skin emits vibrations or communicates by producing heat depending on its activity, “ Olivet said to Dezeen. “Its skin repairs automatically as soon as it’s damaged.”

Whether its Amazon Echo or Google Home, voice recognition smart devices are poised to transform our day-to-day lives. Starch and Olivet are on the verge of adding 3D holograms to our smartphones’ capabilities – making the full-immersion experience completely portable.

Sources: Futurism, Dezeen