If you have $US12, are addicted to your smartphone, and are too insecure to be seen without it, you may be interested in the NoPhone, a recent Kickstarter project that’s already raised over $US2,500.
But if you’re looking for innovation, look elsewhere, because the NoPhone is literally a plastic brick designed mimic the shape of an iPhone 5, claiming to be a “technology-free alternative to constant hand-to-phone contact.”
The Kickstarter page is complete with some tongue-in-cheek testimonials features like “battery free,” “shatterproof,” and “waterproof,” there’s even accompanying testimonials. “With the NoPhone, my eye contact skills have improved 73%” says David H., while Whitney R. claims that “Because of the NoPhone, I haven’t drunk texted my ex boyfriend in one whole week.”
There’s even the blunt and honest “Not a real phone” testimonial.
While the Kickstarter campaign uses smartphone addiction as its angle of supposed genuine intent, it’s hard to shake the feeling that this was all a joke thrown together as an ironic experiment.
After all, it’s tough to think someone looking to take a break from their phone would find clutching a plastic replica any more soothing than just powering off their device.
Some of the offers, like the $US5,000 pledge level, sound like glorified excuses for its founders to travel for free, hidden under the guise of a personal delivery from a NoPhone founder “anywhere in the world.”
The NoPhone still has a ways to go, as it needs to raise $US30,000 by Oct. 11 in order for the project to move forward.
If you’re looking for a new ironic purchase, you can pick up a NoPhone for yourself right here.