Do you need a "substitute phone"?

 
A photo of four substitute phones laying on a table and one in a person’s hand. Each is a solid piece except where there are rolling balls someone could slide their finger over.
 

Have you ever picked up your phone without realizing it, and found yourself just... fiddling with it? Yeah, us neither. ;) 

Austrian artist & designer Klemens Schillinger created the 'substitute phone,' a device that mimics the weight and shape of a phone, without the addictive screen.  It uses stone beads to distill the function of the object down to the movements we make on our phones, without the actions we take. There are a bunch of different designs, based on actions we frequently make on our phones. 

This calming limitation offers help for smartphone addicts to cope with withdrawal symptoms. The object as a therapeutic approach.

Check out more about the project on his site here. H/t to Mashable, who suggested that the phones could be the new fidget spinners. 

 
A GIF of a person holding a substitute phone and sliding their thumb back and forth over the beads.
 
 
A photo of the various substitute phones laying on a table. Each has beads in it but they vary in the direction they are laid.
 

Images from Leonhard Hilzensauer.

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