This 'substitute phone' will satisfy your compulsion to scroll

This 'substitute phone' will satisfy your compulsion to scroll

This 'substitute phone' will satisfy your compulsion to scroll

The Substitute Phone is not available for sale now, however his website reports that his shop is soon to be opened. Substitute Phone models are not for sale yet, although the designer's website lists a personal shop opening soon where people will also be able to acquire other creations.

A designer in Austria made plastic "substitute phones" to help people curb their smartphone addiction.

The item is not exactly a phone and has the same objective as fidget spinners and cubes-keeping the hands occupied, except that it is created to look and feel like a smartphone.

Made out of black polyoxymethylene (POM) plastic, the Substitute Phone comes in a set of five phones with the stone beads embedded in them.

"The object, which some of us describe as a prosthesis, is reduced to nothing but the motions", explains Schillinger's description of the... object.

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"Scrolling on the stone beads is like a little massage for the fingers and a kind of soothing feeling", he said in his email.

Schillinger, a Vienna-based designer, has created some phone-sized objects that are meant to help wean users off their real devices.

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. These "phones" should work as a coping mechanism for users who want to reduce the "checking behaviour".

However, there is a growing number of smartphone owners who can't seem to stop fiddling with their devices. 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. The Substitute phone was however featured in an exhibition for the Vienna Design Week earlier this fall. 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.

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