The designer of the Ophone explains that the average person may spend up to three hours each day on his smartphone, and therefore at least one entire waking day each week fixated on his touchscreen. With this in mind, Marko Lazic has proposed a new design that is deliberately missing some of the most impressive, hi-tech features of contemporary handsets, in favor of people spending more time interacting directly with the people around them.
Upholding a priority for immediate and easy human contact and communication, the Ophone enables only phone calls and texting. The interface is labeled with universal symbols so that people of all ages and languages can navigate it intuitively. And with so few actions available on this credit-card-size smartphone concept, the user will pay more attention to his surroundings and engage in more one-on-one conversation.
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