Most of us have now developed a rather nasty habit of checking out smartphones for notifications and other stuff. "These observations inspired the idea of making a tool that would help stop this "checking" behavior'", Schillinger added.
In an interview with Dezeen, the designer of the Substitute Phone, Klemens Schillinger noted how smartphones have become sources of addiction for a lot of users. He has apparently designed five phones which are all made out of black polyoxymethylene plastic and come with stone beads embedded on the surface. Schillinger describes the object as a prosthesis, being created to reduce to nothing more but motions. The beads allow for finger gestures like swiping, scrolling and even pinching in and out. People who are constantly using their mobile device are accessing what's behind the screen-the messages, the photos, the apps-not the screen itself.
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Even first timers to the expo like Davin Fukumoto, the owner of Snack Addicted , said he was blown away by the response. For Road Runner, he says that's huge. "It's just exciting to know that we're changing peoples' lives just by shopping".
Schillinger is expected to sell the Substitute Phones via his online store in the future for a yet to be disclosed price.
Living in the era of technology, we are all addictive to our smartphones, having a constant need to scroll and swipe. The rolling beads provide physical stimulation as a substitute for phone usage, says the designer. He continued: "Some of the movements (like the zoom-in finger movement) were born with the smartphone.so I thought it makes sense to replicate them in an analog way".
The Substitute Phone is made out of a solid plastic slab that resembles the shape, dimensions, and weight of a standard smartphone. It doesn't appear to be on sale at the moment, but it was part of an exhibition during the Vienna Design Week called #Offline - Design for the (Good Old) Real World. On a related note, Motorola website offers a series of quiz that will calculate your "phone-life" balance and will let you know if you suffer from smartphone addiction.