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

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

In today's day and age, asking a person to stay away from their smartphone for a few minutes can be a hard task. It's an addiction that may not be one of the more harmful kinds, but is still an addiction nevertheless.

The Substitute Phones don't appear to be for sale (his website says that his shop is "coming soon"), but they were featured as part of an exhibition for the Vienna Design Week called #Offline - Design for the (Good Old) Real World, which took place earlier this fall. The beads act as "substitutes" for touchscreen and users can roll their fingers on them to mimic daily smartphone actions like scrolling, zooming or swiping. "The object, which some of us describe as a prosthesis, is reduced to nothing but the motions", he explains. Substitute Phone does not let you make phone calls, send SMSes, click pictures or even let you check the latest Facebook posts or tweets.

Instead, Schillinger opted to integrate a stress relief mechanism that, in his view, could help tech addicts cope with their compulsive behavior.

More news: Teaser Poster: Diljit Dosanjh impresses us as hockey player Sandeep Singh

Speaking to Dezeen, Schillinger added that he was inspired not only by the disturbing frequency with which he and others tend to consult their smart devices (and for no particular reason, usually), but also the writer Umberto Eco, who when attempting to stop smoking his pipe, substituted a simple stick.

"It was the same thing, but without the nicotine, just the physical stimulation", he said. Klemens Schillinger's Substitute Phone provides the physical stimuli that tech addicts need without any of the actual features of a phone.

The Substitute Phone is the second in a series Schillinger is working on relating to our relationships with our devices. Both the products aim to discourage users from using their smartphones, Dezeen reports.

Like this



27 November 2017
Kadyrov made a surprise announcement
On Sunday, Kadyrov became the hero of the program Deistvuushie Litsa (Dramatis Personae) on the Rossiya 1 TV channel. Kadyrov also strongly denied a Chechen link to the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in 2015.

27 November 2017
We have some unbelievable news for you, coffee drinkers
Coffee might actually be good for your health, according to a recent review in British Medical Journal. We found that there was a lower risk of both conditions in people who drank more coffee.

27 November 2017
Microsoft Office can now be downloaded on all Chromebooks
An Office 365 subscription is also another requirement, otherwise, you won't be able to get your hands on these apps. There have been reports that users have successfully tried and it has been working on various models.

27 November 2017
Gujarat: 977 candidates left in fray for first phase of Assembly polls
Gujarat BJP Yuva Morcha president Dr Rutvij Patel or a big name from the party in state are also under consideration. However, Solanki clarified that his resignation letter doing the rounds on social media is a fake one.

27 November 2017
Robinho Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison
The victim, who was 22 year old in 2013, is to receive a compensation of €60 thousand (about US$70 thousand) from Robinho. His stock kept rising after moving to Spain, where he won two Spanish titles with Real before turning 25.

27 November 2017
Rob Gronkowski Turns Into Brandin Cook's Horse In Hilarious TD Celebration
Cooks finished with six catches for 83 yards while Gronkowski caught five passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns of his own. While Gronk stuffed the stat sheet, it was his involvement in touchdown celebrations which really stole the show.

27 November 2017
Shohei Otani Sends Memo To Each Team To Determine Potential Fit
Through six Major League Baseball seasons, Harper owns a career.285 batting average with 785 hits, 421 RBI and 150 home runs. You could have Ohtani in the starting rotation, and on his off days in between starts he could slot into the outfield unit.

27 November 2017
Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) Receives Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.39
The expected ALK's profit could reach $123.09M giving the stock 16.35 P/E in the case that $1.00 earnings per share is reported. BidaskClub downgraded Alaska Air Group from a "sell" rating to a "strong sell" rating in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd.

27 November 2017
Margot Robbie reveals she only wears her wedding ring on the weekends
In an interview with Vogue Australia , Margot revealed that she only wears her gorgeous diamond ring on the weekends. After they exchanged their "I do's", Robbie confirmed their union via a post on her Instagram account.

27 November 2017
Nationwide Fund Advisors Has $27.54 Million Stake in IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (IDXX)
Credit Suisse Ag holds 0.07% or 422,570 shares in its portfolio. (NYSE:GCO) for 126,082 shares. (NYSE:GCO) for 4,061 shares. Rhumbline Advisers increased its holdings in shares of IDEXX Laboratories by 1.1% during the third quarter. (NASDAQ:IDXX).