Addicted to your smartphone? This new Substitute Phone is for you


If you are one of the many people addicted to their smartphone, don’t worry, help is at hand with a new ‘therapeutic’ phone-like handset.

The new tool is effectively a slab of plastic which aims to help you reduce your smartphone use. You can still mimic many of the functions of your phone such as scrolling and swiping but it just won’t be in the real digital world.

Described as a ‘fidget spinner’ for smartphone addicts, the device which was designed by Klemens Schillinger appears to be having some success.

“The shape of the Substitute Phone replicates an average smartphone, however, its functions are reduced to the movements we make hundreds of times on a daily basis,” he says. 

“The object, which some of us describe as a prosthesis, is reduced to nothing but the motions. This calming limitation offers help for smartphone addicts to cope with withdrawal symptoms.”

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

“Some of these finger movements – like zooming in, or moving up and down – were born with the smartphone.

“The Substitute Phones allow these movements to be felt by scrolling on the marbles that are integrated into the case, something which is a clear differentiation from fidget spinners or fidget cubes.”

Schillinger’s website doesn’t include any pricing information for Substitute Phones, but says they’re “coming soon”. 


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