This Weird-Looking Gadget Is The Fidget Spinner For Smartphone Addiction

Klemens Schillinger’s Substitute Phone is designed to overcome smartphone addiction

Klemens Schillinger’s Substitute Phone is designed to overcome smartphone addiction

Users constantly play with them, even if they're not looking for a message or expecting a call, and he was inspired to design "a tool that would help stop this "checking" behaviour". To combat this, a Vienna-based designer has created Substitute Phones.

The "phones" have beads built into them that simulate the feel of swiping, tapping, and zooming on real smartphones.

So, why not just get a fidget spinner instead?

Speaking to Dezeen, product and furniture designer Klemens Schillinger says that phones are becoming an addictive object in people's lives. "Thee [sic] object, which some of us describe as a prosthesis, is reduced to nothing but the motions".

The idea is to allow you to perform finger movements on the beads, similar to those you use for various functions on your phone - swiping vertically and horizontally, and pinching to zoom in or out, for example.

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But it could be a boon for people who really find their smartphone checking addiction to be a real pain rather than an opportunity to wonder at how we now have pretty powerful computers and communications devices that can fit into an average sized hand.

Klemens Schillinger has created the "Substitute Phone", a sort of stress ball crossed with an abacus that will relieve the tension of those no-phone situations.

Scientists have also warned that if you are regularly experiencing the "phantom phone alert" (when you think it has buzzed or pinged with a message or notification) this could be an indicator of neurosis and addition. That, Schillinger notes, calms users and helps them cope with the withdrawal symptoms.

"It was the same thing", he said, "but without the nicotine, just the physical stimulation". "I remembered this and thought to make phones that would provide the physical stimulation but not the connectivity". It doesn't appear to be on sale at the moment, but it was part of an exhibition during the Vienna Design Week called #Offline - Design for the (Good Old) Real World.

What's more, there are different models for different people.

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