Published: Tue, November 28, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

This 'Substitute Phone' Is Designed to Ease Smartphone Addiction

This 'Substitute Phone' Is Designed to Ease Smartphone Addiction

The Substitute Phone succeeds the "Offline Lamp", designed such that it requires the smartphone to be placed into a cabinet to power up. "These observations inspired the idea of making a tool that would help stop this "checking" behaviour".

Widely known in narrow circles of the Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger presented a device with which you can overcome the reliance on smartphone.

Schillinger told Dezeen that the creation of the Substitute Phone was inspired by the constant, nearly compulsive need to check his phone even if no notifications came up on it. Acquaintances of his displayed similar behavior, so he drew inspiration from his realization to design an object that would calm that urge. The Substitute Phone lineup has five designs, all of which were made specifically to replicate numerous actions that people perform on their smartphone, The Verge reports. Schillinger describes the object as a prosthesis, being created to reduce to nothing more but motions.

Well, a user can run his thumb or index finger across the line of beads to simulate swiping left or right, up or down or diagonally.

It's an interesting premise, but people can probably come up with their own coping mechanism instead of resorting to a useless hunk of plastic.

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Most of the flagship devices have already been launched by smartphone makers.

He thinks the limitation helps phone addicts cope with their withdrawal symptoms.

Schillinger's project was inspired, he told Dezeen, by writer and philosopher Umberto Eco, who tried giving up smoking by exchanging his pipe for a wooden stick. The rolling beads provide physical stimulation as a substitute for phone usage, says the designer.

The Substitute Phone isn't on sale yet, though Schillinger has said he'll release it soon. Substitute Phone does not let you make phone calls, send SMSes, click pictures or even let you check the latest Facebook posts or tweets.

What's more, there are different models for different people.

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