Futuristic Transparent iPad Concept
Here’s a design concept for a Transparent iPad by artist Ricardo Afonso that might seem far-fetched, but transparent screens are certainly not impossible. Just look at the exquisite thinness and beauty of this Transparent iPad concept. It’s downright mysterious-looking.
What’s the mystery? Well, where are the working parts of this wispy tablet? Apparently, they must be in either those top or bottom sections, which are opaque and seemingly large enough to accommodate Transparent iPad innards that are much smaller than those of today’s tablets.
However, given the pace of miniaturization of the iPad, placing all its electronics inside those two tiny spaces is not completely impossible. One thing’s certain: Battery technology will have to improve to fit inside those miniature confines.
Afonso created a digital 3D model of what he calls a “futuristic tablet concept based on the Apple iPad,” and is selling his files on digital media supply company Turbo Squid’s website.
We think this is an absolutely lovely design. It’s not altogether impossible, either. If some of the technology inherent in transparent displays we’ve seen at the past few techno-trade shows are brought into fruition, this design might be possible by about the same time the Transparent iPad 6 rolls out.
The concept also lends itself to how such products might be styled. There is only so much you can do with a slab of glass, so trim becomes the accent for people to notice. The top and bottom treatments allow for form and function. Add a few different colors and the rest is up to what can be done with the panel and display for the Transparent iPad.
Afonso makes his CGI talent perform a virtual tour (video below) of what could lie ahead for the iPad, or any handheld device for that matter. You will notice that he kept the familiar iOS appearance so that anyone could recognize it for what it is, but we certainly hope that by the time such technology is viable, iOS will have undergone a healthy revision in its user experience, perhaps more than once.