Some patents out there will never be turned into real products and for good reason: some of them are very, very ugly. Case in point, the following finger grip smartphone casing, pictured below and making zero sense in my book.

google finger grip smartphone housing

This image appeared in one of Google’s latest patents, that claims “the physical form of smartphones has seen little evolution”. They also say that current smartphones are shaped like a brick and that’s got to change. The front, back and side have become more and more smooth and are prone to slip from the hand of the user, risking damaging the handset and causing data loss and hardware problems.

Of course, a case can solve that problem, but it would add extra bulk and weight to the handset. Google’s invention offers a new type of housing for the phone, that involves a surface modified with ridges or contours, in order to enhance the traction and resist slipping from a user’s hand. It would be nice if the case were somehow malleable…

via patentlymobile