October 29, 2014
We’re slowly devolving into the state of nature, and in such a universe where modern laws no longer apply, the tools that once brought us functional value no longer provide any worth. Accordingly, we must develop a new set of technologies that conform to our new belief systems and interpretations on life. Hence, some brilliant minds managed to design the NoPhone, the most innovative smartphone yet to hit the market; namely because, well, it’s a phone that’s not a phone at all (apropos of its designated title).
The NoPhone is a new battery-free, no-upgrades-necessary, shatterproof, and waterproof smartphone that’s built for the modern man or woman who wishes to no longer waste away looking at their mobile screens all day (because the NoPhone doesn’t even have one!). So, basically, this phone literally does nothing; it’s simply a smooth, black piece of plastic that sits in your hand and serves as a surrogate to your current handheld smartphone device.
“Phone addiction is real. And it’s everywhere,” says the NoPhone’s Kickstarter page. “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.”
While the Kickstarter seems too fake, the crowdfunding platform actually forbids joke Kickstarter campaigns. The survival (and success) of the NoPhone’s Kickstarter campaign is primarily due to the very real, honest reactions to the product. Initially created as a satirical response to modern society’s obsession with our gadgets, many people have expressed genuine interest in the product. With just 23 hours left in the campaign (at the time of writing this article), the campaign has raised nearly $14,000 – way more than its initial goal of $5,000.
It’s certainly an original way to highlight an important issue at stake in our lives: that as we move towards a society dependent on technology and interconnectivity, we produce the ironic effects of an inability to connect with others on basic, human level. When you think about it, it’s kind of depressing that it took a ridiculous Kickstarter campaign to really let us face this issue.
You still have a few hours to support the NoPhone’s Kickstarter campaign. A $12 pledge will get you a NoPhone delivered in December (in time for Christmas!), and for an extra $6 you can add a reflective mirror for taking real-time selfies – duh.
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