We have become so obsessed with their smartphones to the point that we might feel weird if we don’t swipe and tap our phone’s screen. To some people, they enjoy doing so even if there’s nothing on their phones. Shortly, some people can do the activity continuously just to keep their hands busy.
If you happen to be one of those people, then you may need Klemens Shillinger’s Substitute Phones which will allow you to fulfill the urge to touch and swipe your smartphone, but will still allow you to take a break from all the messages, phone calls and the social media.
The Substitute Phone is made of high quality, heavy duty plastic and is designed to look and feel like traditional smartphones out there. On the screen, it has stone beads that simulate various gestures you would make on your smartphone.
“The object, which some of us describe as a prosthesis, is reduced to nothing but the motions,” the product description reads. “This calming limitation offers help for smartphone addicts to cope with withdrawal symptoms.”
The creator Schillinger explained to Dezeen that he made the device after realizing the large amount of time he spent looking at his smartphone when he didn’t necessarily need to use it. The Substitute Phone itself was inspired by writer Umberto Eco who, in attempt to quit smoking, replaced his pipe with a stick so he could still feel the sensation of holding a pipe without actually smoking it.
“It was the same thing, but without the nicotine, just the physical stimulation,” he shared. “I remembered this and thought to make phones that would provide the physical stimulation but not the connectivity.”