Most of us have now developed a rather nasty habit of checking out smartphones for notifications and other stuff. In fact, this is so compelling that I keep waking up my phone even when there are no notifications. According to a recent study, millennials check their phone 157 times a day. The current day smartphone has been a master of all trades, from multimedia to communication it can handle it all. However, on the flipside, this is also giving rise to a much serious problem of smartphone addiction.
Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger seems to have found the answer to the smartphone addiction with “Substitute Phone.” He has apparently designed five phones which are all made out of black polyoxymethylene plastic and come with stone beads embedded on the surface. To be honest the Substitute Phone looks like an abacus but is shaped like a smartphone. The embedded stones will help the users scroll, pinch and even swipe. Klemens claims that it will act as a coping mechanism and will help users to check their phones less.
That being said the Substitute Phone is still not up for sale and the website says “Coming Soon.” The Substitute phone was however featured in an exhibition for the Vienna Design Week earlier this fall. Well, this reminds me of the earlier days when smartphone retailers would actually have a dummy device to help customers gauge the ergonomics and the “feel” of the phone.
A quick search on the web leads to several retailers who sell similar dummy phones. Well if you are keen to kiss goodbye to your smartphone addiction the dummy phones maybe the perfect bet. For instance, this COOMAX iPhone 6s is a non-functional iPhone 6s dummy phone with press-able buttons and retails at $19.99. 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.