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Introducing the noPhone: The Smartphone Placebo

The noPhone is simply a 3d-printed brick made to look like a smartphone. [Source: http://www.nophone.eu/]

Have you ever felt uneasy when your phone is not around? Is it always on the back of your mind? Then, meet the noPhone, a 3D-printed object in the shape of a smartphone.

It is simply a 3D-printed brick. It has no screen, no electronics, and no other features other than for the fact that it is shaped like a smartphone and feels like one when you put it in your pocket.

Apparently, it was built to alleviate the anxiety that comes with not having your phone around and to help direct your attention toward what is really happening in your life. It is meant to act as a pacifier for people who cannot seem to go through life without their phones.

According to its website, the noPhone was made to simulate “the exact weight and dimensions of your most beloved gadget in order to alleviate any feelings of inadequacy generated by the absence of a real smartphone.” It was also made to suppress “the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand.” Some of its killer features include the fact that its shatterproof, waterproof, battery-free, and that upgrades are not necessary.

Some frequently asked questions about noPhone. [Source: http://www.nophone.eu]

Some frequently asked questions about noPhone. [Source: http://www.nophone.eu]

Whether or not this is a joke, it serves to highlight how some people are dependent (or maybe even addicted) to their smartphones. It also seems to raise the question: Do people spend too much time on technology?

About the Author:

Vishnu is a producer and the Chairman of the Science and Tech Department here at EB Media. He has a great fascination with technology and science. He enjoys staying up-to-date and voicing his opinions on these topics.

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