I’m pretty sure that ever since this site was founded I’ve seen less than 20 see through glass concept phones. Thus, I can say that this approach has been neglected. Well, no longer, since Webomedia from Croatia has created a glass and see through HTC concept handset.
It’s called HTC Clear and it comes with an edge to edge display, as well as what appears to be a totally glassy case. There’s no telling if the effect is created via optical illusion, using a bunch of cameras, or if the case is actually all glass, but it does look interesting. There are several problems that such a design poses: fragility, thickness, the inclusion of components in an efficient way and the ease of use.
I guess it may be fine to enjoy the augmented reality benefits of a transparent design, but it’s also very distracting to see what’s happening in the background while you’re texting, checking your Facebook or email. In the end it could work with a bunch of cameras, that turn transparency on or off, depending on what they capture.