Substitute Phone

Lets be fair, we all are smartphone addicts and rightly so. We can’t even spend a day without it as our life depends on it. The Substitute Phone from Vienna-based designer Klemens Schillinger is here to help with that addiction.

The Substitute Phone look and feel like a phone, but there is no screen. Instead, some stone beads are embedded in slots at various angles. You can swipe, pinch and scroll it while satisfying that physical need to touch and scroll on your phone.

“More and more often one feels the urge to check their phone, even if you are not expecting a specific message or call,” Schillinger told Dezeen. “These observations inspired the idea of making a tool that would help stop this ‘checking’ behavior.”

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Substitute Phone

Schillinger designed five different models and the devices are made from black polyoxymethylene plastic that simulates the heft of a phone. Schillinger notes that stone beads calm users and helps them cope with the withdrawal symptoms.

Substitute Phones don’t appear to be for sale, for now, but they were featured as part of an exhibition for the Vienna Design Week called #Offline, earlier this fall.