Designer creates Substitute Phone for when you can't flick off yourself

Laverne Mann
November 28, 2017

Klemens Schillinger wants to help you kick your smartphone addiction. He said that users are constantly occupied with their smart devices even when they are not attending calls or messaging, they play with it. Hence, to help people overcome this form of addiction, an Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger developed the "Substitute Phone".

"More and more often one feels the urge to check their phone, even if you are not expecting a specific message or call", Schillinger told Dezeen.

Schillinger designed five facsimile phones, made of black polyoxymethylene plastic with stone beads embedded in the surface, which allows a user to replicate familiar actions, such as scrolling, pinching, or swiping.

"The object, which some of us describe as a prosthesis, is reduced to nothing but the motions".

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There's a human tendency to get addicted to things frequently depended on, so it's no surprise that the smartphone, which is also an internet communications device, a video game console, a camera, a digital Swiss Army multi-tool, has become addictive for a great number of modern folks.

The heavy, high-quality plastic of the prototype-along with its stone beads helps users rid themselves of this unwarranted "checking" habit.

"Daniel Kruger, a research scientist at the University of MI, said: "[Our] study provides some real insight and maybe some evidence that people can have a real dependency on cell phone use". You can just grab it and swipe, pinch and scroll, satisfying that physical need without the nicotine/content. These phones were featured in an exhibition earlier this fall for the Vienna Design Week. "I remembered this and thought to make phones that would provide the physical stimulation but not the connectivity". Among Schillinger's other projects is an "offline lamp" that only turns on when it senses a smartphone locked inside its drawer.

Smartphones have invaded practically every facet of modern life and most people can no longer function without them.

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