The Substitute Phone to help smartphone addicts cope through withdrawal

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

'Substitute Phone' artfully satisfies your compulsion to swipe and scroll

Schillinger created five versions of the phone, each of which let you mimic a different gesture. A device called the Substitute Phone may be able to help you out with that problem. The devices caught the attention of the public for their stylish yet functional approach, although many, of course, doubt there is even a market for smartphone addicts in need of a luxurious device like this.

Vienna-based designer Klemens Schillinger weapons physical stimulation in product design to calm the nerves of smartphone addicts-discouraging habits like incessantly swiping through the smartphone on a one-on-one coffee date/carrying it to the loo-smartphone addiction 101! Do you think it would work on smartphone addicts?

Schillinger told Dezeen that the creation of the Substitute Phone was inspired by the constant, nearly compulsive need to check his phone even if no notifications came up on it. Acquaintances of his displayed similar behavior, so he drew inspiration from his realization to design an object that would calm that urge. The goal is that it could be used as a coping mechanism for someone trying to check their phone less.

The handsome "devices" are made from black polyoxymethylene (acetal) plastic that simulates the heft of a phone, while the beads are natural Howlith stone. Schillinger describes the object as a prosthesis, being created to reduce to nothing more but motions. 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".

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This is the second project by Schillinger that aims to discourage people from using their mobile devices. Umberto Eco, after giving up smoking, he replaced his pipe with a simple stick.

"It was the same thing", he said, "but without the nicotine, just the physical stimulation".

"Daniel Kruger, a research scientist at the University of MI, said: "[Our] study provides some real insight and maybe some evidence that people can have a real dependency on cell phone use".

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