Pick Up a NoPhone: A Cell Phone Alternative

NoPhone Kickstarter

Image: via Kickstarter.

With so many smartphones on the market, it can be hard to decide which one is best for your lifestyle. Happily, there is now a sleek, new product that boasts a thin, lightweight, and completely wireless cellphone design. Better yet, it happens to be completely shatterproof and waterproof. Heck, you don’t even need a battery for it. It’s called the “NoPhone,” and it’s changing the way that people perceive smartphones.

You can’t text, call, email, FaceTime or play Words-With-Friends on it, but the NoPhone does do one thing quite well: show us how addicted to our smartphones we are. The new product is meant to raise awareness about our society’s cell phone addiction and that’s why its creators launched a humorous but completely serious Kickstarter page for their product.

On the page, the founders wrote, “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.” They have pitched the NoPhone as an alternative.

The phone literally does nothing and is simply a black piece of plastic that sits in your hand and serves as a surrogate to your current handheld smartphone device. Although the Kickstarter was originally made as a satirical response to our society’s complete reliance on our gadgets, people are showing genuine interest in the product. The campaign has raised nearly $20,000, and easily surpassed its initial monetary goal. The NoPhone’s innovators – Van Gould, Ingmar Larsen, and Ben Langeveld – got the idea when they were drinking on a rooftop bar in New York City.

If you donate $12 to the campaign, you will be able to get the NoPhone delivered to you by December. “Never again experience the unsettling feeling of flesh on flesh when closing your hand,” the New York City and Amsterdam-based designers pointed out on the Kickstarter page.

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