Klemens Schillinger has created five of these devices, all of which use stone beads to allow you to imitate the different motions used on smart devices such as scrolling, swiping and zooming.
Schillinger is expected to sell the Substitute Phones via his online store in the future for a yet to be disclosed price.
Smartphone addicts who can't stand being away from their beloved devices but want to stop feeding their impulses now have a way to curb their habit.
Schillinger designed the tool in response to addictive tendencies not only to use smartphones, but also to have them in hand and reflexively check them.
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"This calming limitation offers help for smartphone addicts to cope with withdrawal symptoms", the site said, offering the toy as a "therapeutic approach".
"The touchscreen smartphone has made it possible to "escape" into social media".
The designer told Deezen he was inspired to create the Substitute Phone after watching a documentary on Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco, who swapped his smoking pipe for a wooden stick to quit lighting up. The beads roll in place, giving a similar frictionless feel but (I presume) also a pleasant little finger massage. Users can simulate scrolling, pinching, and swiping on what essentially amounts to rectangular pieces of black polyoxymethylene plastic. Schillinger figured the same concept could be applied to smartphones, that replacing the physical stimulation without the connectivity might help people to rely less on their handsets. He continued: "Some of the movements (like the zoom-in finger movement) were born with the smartphone.so I thought it makes sense to replicate them in an analog way". The first is the Offline Lamp, which only turns on when you put a smartphone-size object inside its drawer.
Smartphones have invaded practically every facet of modern life and most people can no longer function without them. Both of these were created for Vienna's Design Week earlier in the year.