Meet The Light Phone That's Not Actually A Phone

Most of us have to come to terms with how phone notifications have slowly started to rule our lives.

It's become perfectly normal for us to panic when we haven't seen the little blue bird or the green speech bubble light up our phone screens for an entire day, and begin to wonder if all our friends have been involved in some terrible accident.

Even for the most hardcore social butterfly, the smartphone's constant stream of notifications can get irritating. If not for them, then for the poor person who's sitting opposite them at dinner, wanting to hold a decent conversation that doesn't involve any screen time.

A new Kickstarter project is aiming to fund an anti-smartphone, one that will only allow you to make calls.

The Light Phone, which weighs 38.5 grams (the iPhone weighs 129 grams), is a "credit card-sized" mobile phone that, according to its developers, is designed to be used as little as possible."

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To those of us who've suffered repetitive strain injury from over scrolling, this sounds like it'll be the lamest phone experience ever.

The Light Phone's appeal however, is in its ability to not do much, therefore allowing you to do more, or less, depending on which way you look at it.

It's the kind of phone that is supposed to let you take a walk in the park without being glued to a screen.

So, what about all those people who'll need to contact you while you're out for an hour?

The Light Phone comes with its own number and an app that allows you to forward calls from your regular phone.

The developers, Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang, said it's a device that should help people to "live in the moment."


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Admittedly there is a tradeoff to be made with the phone's battery life, given how thin it is.

It'll also cost you around $100 (£64).

The project has 38 days left to reach its target funding goal of $200,000 (£128,903).

Yes, The Light Phone is probably not going to be everyone's cup of tea but it's the perfect antidote to our notification driven culture.

Oh and the developers also have a picture of a cat playing with the phone, so that should get the internet on board.


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