“Phone addiction is real. And it’s everywhere. It’s ruining your dates. It’s distracting you at concerts. It’s disrupting you in movie theaters. It’s clogging up sidewalks. Now, there is a real solution,” Van Gould, Ingmar Larsen and Ben Langeveld, a group of friends from Netherlands and United States write on their Kickstarter funding page.
“We see it everywhere,” they add, “Couples on dates illuminated not by candles, but by glowing screens. Concerts where you can only see the performer through the attempted videography of the people standing in front of you. We’re so addicted, just the feeling of a phone in our hands is comforting. So we decided to create the NoPhone; a satirical security blanket of sorts, meant to comment on our present addiction to technology. However, after we created the project, the response from people actually wanting to purchase the NoPhone was overwhelming.”
NoPhone, which claims to be their solution to everyone’s constant need of looking at their phones, every minute of everyday, offers a “technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact that allows you to stay connected with the real world by giving the people what they want – a life of direct eye contact and improved conversational skills. A life beyond a smartphone. A life of NoPhone.”
If you haven’t figured it by now, Nophone is nothing but a 3D printed rectangular shaped block of plastic that looks like just another regular phone, which The Nophone Team describes as, ‘a thin, light and completely wireless design, that acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device’. Other exciting features that The NoPhone boasts of are – Battery free, No upgrades necessary, Shatterproof and Waterproof. Not only this, if the very fundamental concept of NoPhone isn’t comical enough for you, the NoPhone Team also compares its various specifications with the recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. Here’s the result:
By now, you’d be wondering that albeit NoPhone offers a funny take on the smartphone habits of users today, who’d actually back such a project with money, right? You might want to think over this, because The NoPhone has managed to convince 793 people to donate $15,842 to their project, which means that the prototype you see of NoPhone would soon be manufactured as shipped to these people who showed interest in its potential.
People who donate $18 or more to The NoPhone project are also promised a selfie upgrade. Yes, you heard it. Thinking what a selfie upgrade is? It’s simply a NoPhone with a reflective mirror sticker in the front.
Elaborating more on the feature, The NoPhone enthusiastically tells you to, “Enjoy sending yourself selfies in real-time. Share selfies with your friends if they’re standing behind you. Add a verbal hashtag by syncing your brain and vocal cords.”
A very curious user questioned, if his real-time selfies be safe from hackers, to which tThe Nophone Team replies,’Yes, but only if the hacker is not with you.’
The hilarity will last for another 9 hours after which the first funding round is expected to end.
If you’re bothered by how this NoPhone will work, here’s a 4 second video that demonstrates:
So,yeah, using NoPhone doesn’t take much. Hardly two steps that go like:
– Pick it up.
– Hold it.
According to The NoPhone’s Kickstarter page, it has very positive customer reviews too.
1. “I used to sleep with my phone in my hand, but my night terrors would cause me to hurl it across the room in an unconscious panic. With the NoPhone, I can still enjoy the comfort of holding a phone in my sleep, without waking up to a shattered screen. Thanks, NoPhone.” -David H
2. “With the NoPhone, my eye contact skills have improved 73%.” -Whitney R
3. “Because of the NoPhone, I haven’t drunk texted my ex boyfriend in one whole week.” -Craig G
4. “Not a real phone.” -Katie A
They also offer a 14 karat gold-plated NoPhone to anybody willing to pay $7,999 or more for the project.
Read more about the Kickstarter Nophone Campaign here.
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