Klemens Schillinger's Substitute Phone aims to help overcome smartphone addiction

Klemens Schillinger’s Substitute Phone is designed to overcome smartphone addiction
'Substitute Phone' artfully satisfies your compulsion to swipe and scroll
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28 November, 2017

"These observations inspired the idea of making a tool that would help stop this "checking" behavior'", Schillinger added. To combat this, a Vienna-based designer has created Substitute Phones.

The item is not exactly a phone and has the same goal as fidget spinners and cubes-keeping the hands occupied, except that it is created to look and feel like a smartphone.

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

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

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.

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.

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

By replacing digital functions with stone beads, the Substitute Phone provides physical stimulation when the real thing is unavailable. That's when you need one of Klemens Schillinger's "Substitute Phones".

That's a pretty ambitious task, given that we'd expect anyone who's dropped say £999 on the new iPhone X to want to get their money's worth by near-constantly using it, rather than stroke a few pebbles.

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

When researching his project, Schillinger was inspired by a documentary featuring the Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco - who was trying to give up smoking by substituting his pipe with a wooden stick. 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 simulated smartphone is not yet available to the public; Schillinger's online shop is "coming soon".


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