Anti-smartphone by Serbian architecture studio
Though smartphones are probably the most useful recent additions to our life, some seem to worry about its captivating force, making people live in a parallel universe instead of concentrating on what we call “real life”. Some people hate these gadget passionately, others are working on proposing alternatives that require less your attention and focus on the basics of communication instead. While we have seen a good few examples of re-minimised phones, Serbian studio Alter Ego Architects introduce a new addition to the line.
The interface of their phone features only numbers and symbols. No apps, and more importantly, no letters are included, which is revolutionary from a global point of view. As such, O became the first phone ever with no language restrictions. Even the name O is more of a symbol than a letter, that can be seen as a ring, a circle, etc, depending on the cultural perspective of the user. ‘Simplification’, however, does not end with that: the display follows Kindle’s e-ink method, that is kind to the eye and requires only minimal energy. The whole device is 3D printed, an is extremely cheap to produce, so it is available for all and provides a sustainable alternative.
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