We came to a point where it seems an innovative concept to design a mobile with identical functions to the phones we used two decades ago. This cell phone, called Light Phone, has been designed to be used as little as possible. Its selling point? It has just one purpose: making and receiving phone calls.
This anti-smartphone, created by designers Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang, is the opposite of every other mobile existing at the moment. It is thin and light, its battery lasts 20 days, and literally does nothing but make and answer calls. No Wi-Fi, no touchscreen, no browser, no apps, no messages, no camera, no games.
The goal is to disconnect for a while and enable simple contact, without unwanted communications and alerts. The Light Phone aims to extend your current mobile in situations you don’t really need a smartphone.
“We started building this because it became very clear that true happiness means being present. This has been written about by so many of the smartest minds since Seneca. So much of our days are spent connected and staring at screens that we are losing that presence in so many situations” Hollier said. “We built the Light Phone as a way for people to find balance with their connectedness. It’s not that we think people should never connect again, it’s just that taking a break is extremely healthy in every sense of the word”.
The developers are currently seeking funding to begin the production of the Light Phone on a large scale and they expect to have the device ready by May 2016, with the price of $100.
In our Society of Simulations smartphone addiction is something real. It's reducing your productivity at work and taking your free time, it's disrupting you in movie theaters and clogging up sidewalks. It's distracting you from real experiences. Now, could the Light Phone be a real solution?