These days, we are never without our mobile phones and even feel a little anxious whenever we don’t have them in our hands. To curb our phone addiction and to get us back into the real world, several companies and businesses have created products that encourage us to let go of our gadgets and interact with others in social situations. Some of these products include a pouch that blocks phone signals, a beer glass designed to rest on a phone, and an app that turns a phone into a coaster and a lightshow.
Here’s a rundown of the top 5 ways to control our mobile phone addiction.
The Cell Phone Nullifier by Brazilian beer brand Polar blocks off any phone connection within a 1.5 meter radius, therefore forcing people to engage in actual conversations.
The Salve Jorge Bar in Sao Paolo created the Offline Glass, a specially-cut beer glass that only stays upright when balanced on a mobile phone. Users have no choice but to give up their phones to keep their beer from spilling.
Created by design studio The Way We See the World, the Blokket is a pouch made of a silver and nylon material that blocks the cellular signal of the mobile phone inside.
With the Blinkdrink app, folks can use their iPhone as a cool coaster that turns their drinks into a light show. The app takes into account the background music and creates a visual activity with the glass and the liquid inside it.
The game “The Phone Stack” or the “Don’t Be A Di*k During Meals With Friends,” encourages people to ignore their phones or else they will have to pay the bill. Each person at the table places their phone facedown on the table or stack them up at the center. The first person who grabs their phone to answer a text or call picks up the tab.