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A smartphone-shaped fidget-gadget to soothe your instinctive need for stimulus

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Viennese artist Klemens Schillinger created these "Substitute Phones" as fidget toys with kinetic worry-beads that you can stroke and fondle when your conditioned reflex to reach for a distraction rectangle kicks in; the beads are set in channels that allow you to replicate smart-phone gestures like unlock, swipe right, and pinch-zoom. (via Red Ferret) (more…)

Substitute Phone,’ A Smartphone Addiction Cure? Austrian Designer Aims To Help Addicts Get Rid Of The Habit

Smartphone addiction is a real thing and it presents as much danger to one’s health as any other kind of addiction. Using this idea as his inspiration, Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger was able to develop the “substitute phone,”...Show More Summary

Inventor of Substitute Phones Is Too Optimistic About Humans

2 months agoHumor : Cracked.com

By Katie Goldin,Andrés Diplotti Published: November 27th, 2017

The Morning After: Tuesday, November 28th 2017

Tuesday is here, and as you await delivery on any Cyber Monday splurges, we've got a substitute phone for app detox and an otherworldly combination of lightning and a volcano. Airbnb is also accused of involvement with money launder...

An Austrian designer created 'substitute phones' with plastic and stone beads to help people deal with smartphone addiction

A designer in Austria made plastic "substitute phones" to help people curb their smartphone addiction. The "phones" have beads built into them that simulate the feel of swiping, tapping, and zooming on real smartphones. The objects are...Show More Summary

21ST CENTURY PROBLEMS: The Substitute Phone is designed to help smartphone addicts cope in their abs…

21ST CENTURY PROBLEMS: The Substitute Phone is designed to help smartphone addicts cope in their absence.

Have a smartphone addiction? This might help

It’s called the “substitute phone.”        

Cure your smartphone addiction with 'Substitute Phones' - CNET

2 months agoTechnology / Internet : Webware

A designer sees his art piece -- plastic blocks embedded with stone beads -- as one answer to phone obsession.

This 'Substitute Phone' Is Designed to Ease Smartphone Addiction

The plastic device is shaped like a typical smartphone but features stone beads on the front that let you mimic the action of scrolling, swiping, or zooming.

Kick your smartphone habit with the 'Substitute Phone'

Cigarettes are hard to kick not just because of the nicotine, but the fact that they give you something to do with your hands. The "Substitute Phone" from Vienna-based designer Klemens Schillinger works on the same principal, if you think of content as the drug and your phone's touchscreen as the tactile addiction. Show More Summary

Can This ‘Substitute Phone’ Curb Your Device Addiction?

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Geek.com

Hello. My name is Stephanie, and I am a smartphone addict. My handset is more than just a means to communicate: It is a boredom buster, an escape route, a friendly face. I […] The post Can This ‘Substitute Phone’ Curb Your Device Addiction? appeared first on Geek.com.

Substitute Phone Simulates Scrolling And Zooming For Tech Junkies

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Oh Gizmo!

Just in case you’re tired of being a slave to your smartphone, the Substitute Phone is a way to ween you off the tech. It’s a slab of plastic, much

The Substitute Phone is Designed to Help Smartphone Addicts

If you’re a chronic swiper or maybe even a compulsive double-tapper, there’s some good news for you and your smartphone fiddling habits. Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger has created the Substitute Phone to help users cope when their handset is absent. Originally appearing at Vienna Design Week, the conception is that of the average smartphone, made of […]

Will this phone-sized fidget device fix your mobile addiction?

You know not all's well with mankind when devices like these seem like a good idea. The Substitute Phone is a weighted plastic block that comes with rollable beads in the middle. You're encouraged to swipe your thumb across them, asShow More Summary

Substitute Phone’ artfully satisfies your compulsion to swipe and scroll

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : CrunchGear

Smartphones are inarguably an addictive class of devices, and not just because they put an endless font of information at your fingertips. The experience of holding the phone and touching it is itself associated with that pleasure — so much so that you might wish you were doing it even when you don’t want to actually use the phone. That’s when you need one of these… Read More

Better OBA Kiosks Coming

I was as happy as anyone when SDOT installed OneBusAway kiosks at major downtown bus stops. Although getting real-time data on one’s phone is a huge advance, there is no substitute for an easy-to-read sign present at the stop. As the picture at right attests, however, the flat-panel TVs in these kiosks have significant maintenance […]

In Letter to China, Trump Says He Wants ‘Constructive Relationship’

11 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

It is unclear whether the letter to President Xi Jinping is meant as a substitute for an anticipated phone conversation or as an ice-breaking prelude to such a call.

Ring in the new year with these apps for your Windows phone

2016 is just about over and the new year is upon us. Here are some all suggestions to make the most of New Years Eve (Old Years day). Vinci While Windows phone doesn’t have Prisms, Vinci is more than an acceptable substitute for fans of the photo editing app/service. After all, if you don’t have […]

Texas Substitute Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Student Who Called Her ‘Wifey’

A Dallas substitute teacher has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a student after a parent found inappropriate text messages on her son’s phone sent from the teacher, officials say. Fallon Hunt, 28, has been charged with improper relationship between educator and student while teaching at Kimball High School. It is alleged that […]

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