Did you know that there is actually a fear of being without your mobile phone, and in medical terms, it is referred to as nomophobia? According to a recent study, in total, users check their smartphones an average of 150 times during a waking day of 16 hours. Hence, to help people overcome this form of addiction, an Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger developed the Substitute Phone. Also Read - Why smartphones must be classified as an essential product during COVID-19 lockdownsAlso Read - How is the Smartphone Industry Trend in 2021?
The Substitute Phone looks like any other 5.5–inch smartphone, but rather is nothing but a plastic block that comes with rollable beads. The beads can be rolled with the pressure applied by your thumb across them. The rolling beads provide physical stimulation as a substitute for phone usage, says the designer. There are a set of five Substitute Phones, which use stone beads to imitate different motions like scrolling, zooming, and swiping up and down. Also Read - Flipkart Smartphones Carnival sale: Deals on Apple, Samsung, Poco, Realme, more smartphones
Designer Schillinger tells Dezeen, “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.”
By replacing the digital functions with the stone beads, Schillinger aims to create a set of ‘therapeutic tools’ that can help frequent smartphone users to cope with the addiction of smartphone. To put it in more simpler terms, the Substitute Phone, as they are called has a similar purpose as fidget cubes and spinners.
Previously, Klemens Schillinger created a lamp that only lights up once the user is willing to surrender their smartphone. While the product surely sounds interesting the availability details about the Substitute Phone is not yet known, however, Klemens Schillinger’s official website does mention ‘Coming soon’.