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Designer’s ‘Substitute Phones’ Satisfyingly Quench The Need To Scroll And Swipe

By Mikelle Leow, 27 Nov 2017


Image by Klemens Schillinger, photographed by Leonhard Hilzensauer and featured with permission

You’ve probably been there: you sense a soft murmur in your pocket, where your phone lies, only to discover that it was all a figment of your imagination. Nevertheless, you pull your device out and mindlessly swipe through it.

Your phone is like a new lover—you miss it even when it’s there. Vienna-based product and furniture designer Klemens Schillinger has thus created a set of faux smartphones to keep your withdrawals at bay. The prototypes were displayed at Vienna’s Design Week this year.

The ‘Substitute Phones are essentially artsy fidget toys for smartphone addicts—they have the shape and feel of regular phones, but you won’t freak out about their batteries running low: these “gadgets” don’t contain technological features.

Instead, the “functions are reduced to the movements we make hundreds of times on a daily basis,” Schillinger describes.

In place of smartphone screens, Schillinger embeds relaxing stone beads into the ‘Substitute Phones’ that let you “scroll, zoom and swipe” to your heart’s delight.

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Have a look at the therapeutic objects and view more pictures over at Klemens Schillinger’s portfolio.


Image by Klemens Schillinger, photographed by Leonhard Hilzensauer and featured with permission


Image by Klemens Schillinger, photographed by Leonhard Hilzensauer and featured with permission


Image by Klemens Schillinger, photographed by Leonhard Hilzensauer and featured with permission


Image by Klemens Schillinger, photographed by Leonhard Hilzensauer and featured with permission


Image by Klemens Schillinger, photographed by Leonhard Hilzensauer and featured with permission


[via TechCrunch, images by Klemens Schillinger, photographed by Leonhard Hilzensauer and featured with permission]
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