A Turkish inventor claims to have created a phone with a screen that can only be seen when using a specific special pair of smart glasses. It’s the perfect privacy solution for anyone storing sensitive information on their device, in an age where people carry around smartphones and tablets everywhere they go, making it increasingly difficult to keep things private.
The inventor, 40-year-old Celal Göger from Diyarbakir, Turkey, is said to have come up with the idea for the private smartphone screen while he was traveling on crowded public transport in the bustling city of Istanbul. He became frustrated when he noticed that other passengers were slyly peering over his shoulder to look at what he was doing on his phone.
“Someone’s phone is a very personal item and I think it’s extremely disrespectful when other people stare at it,” he said.
Following his discomfort on public transport, Göger took it upon himself to create a way for other people to no longer be able to see what was on his smartphone screen. He worked in a small workshop behind his store to invent the new technology. According to the Mirror, it took Göger fourth months to come up with his ingenious ‘Ghost Phone’ concept which he is planning to call C.COGER I.
The concept works by using a chip that makes the screen appear white to anyone who looks at the screen with the naked eye. In order to see the screen normally, a second chip in the glasses connects to the phone, making it visible to the wearer.
“When I finished my invention I started telling people about it, but nobody believed me,” said Göger. “They thought it must be some kind of magic trick until they saw my invention which left them absolutely gobsmacked!”
Göger is still said to be looking for funding to further develop his project. No further details about it have been released. He believes that if he resided in a different country it would be easier for him to proceed with it.
“I think I was born in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said. “If I had been born in the UK, I think I would have gotten a lot more support to move this project forward and start mass production of my invention. If I can get funding I am planning to take this project further and install an on/off button on the phone which means that the user decides whether to activate the function.”