The smartphone has become an indispensable tool for staying connected but is known for its addictive properties that can be a distraction from tasks at hand, so the conceptual 'Companion' smartphone is designed to help offer a solution. Conceptualized by Joseph Burrell, the smartphone features a miniature, palm-sized design that has an e-ink display and will not tempt the user with notifications that need to be checked throughout the day. The device features a camera system for snapping photos, an earpiece and microphone for taking calls, and an air quality sensor.
The conceptual 'Companion' smartphone was explained further by Burrell who said, "An exploration into current forms and features of products similar to the function of the smartphone helped evaluate the more important aspects of their designs. Soft forms reminiscent of pebbles evoked a more natural and organic feel. After playing with five forms and narrowing it down, a combination of sketching, rapid CAD, card and foam prototyping, and visualization techniques were used to finalize the overall form of the product and its most prominent features."