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The Substitute Phone to help smartphone addicts cope through withdrawal

The Substitute Phone to help smartphone addicts cope through withdrawal

The Substitute Phone to help smartphone addicts cope through withdrawal

Schillinger wanted to create "a tool that would help stop this "checking" behaviour", as reported by The Verge.

Created by Austrian designer Klems Schillinger, the Substitute Phone is no smartphone at all.

The designer told Deezen he was inspired to create the Substitute Phone after watching a documentary on Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco, who swapped his smoking pipe for a wooden stick to quit lighting up.

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

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The Substitute Phone is not available for sale now, however his website reports that his shop is soon to be opened.

The Substitute Phone looks like any other 5.5-inch smartphone, but rather is nothing but a plastic block that comes with rollable beads. Users can simulate scrolling, pinching, and swiping on what essentially amounts to rectangular pieces of black polyoxymethylene plastic. That, Schillinger notes, calms users and helps them cope with the withdrawal symptoms.

Many of us will have experienced habitual smartphone usage; operating our devices, not in the service of a specific, legitimate need, but simply because it's there. Schillinger figured the same concept could be applied to smartphones, that replacing the physical stimulation without the connectivity might help people to rely less on their handsets. "The Substitute Phones allow these movements to be felt by scrolling on the marbles that are integrated into the case, something which is a clear differentiation from fidget spinners or fidget cubes", Schillinger said.

The first was the Offline Lamp, which only lights up if you put your smartphone away. Schillinger has designed five such "phones", and the project was showcased at Vienna Design Week's #Offline - Design for the (Good Old) Real World exhibit earlier this year. 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.

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