Most of us spend our days constantly checking our phones, looking for external affirmation that someone wrote us, liked us, replied to us or otherwise said we’re okay. Any one moment is nice. In total, though, it’s a bit of a disaster. Particular for our time and focus.
For those who don’t want to feel quite so beholden to all of their notifications, beeps and lights—Do I care, Facebook, that a woman I went to high school with is now posting her kids’ photos to Instagram as well?—a new phone launched on Kickstarter yesterday: Light.
Light is a 4 mm thick phone in the shape of a credit card. Its battery lasts for 20 days but it can only do one thing: make and receive phone calls. It’s the kind of nicely designed, super focused hardware that tends to perform well on the crowdfunding site.
The idea is that if you want to leave the house but you want to enjoy your time, focus on what you’re doing, but you also don’t want to miss a truly important call, you can just take your Light.
According to the venture’s cofounder, Joe Hollier, Light uses simple call forwarding technology. Leave your phone charging at home and simply tell it to forward calls on to your Light and you’re good.
Hollier is building Light with Kaiwei Tang. They are working together at 30 Weeks, an idea incubator for designers, backed by Google.
If you need to make a call, each of the numbers can be programmed into speed-dial. So you’ve got ten numbers that the phone can dial for you. It has a very basic LED display that can tell you who is calling, though, once it has copied all your contacts from your base mobile.
Light is, effectively, a pay-as-you go phone that uses a mobile app so it can sync up with your main, addiction feeding device. Once you’re out of the house and you find yourself missing those dopamine hits from your Samsung, Light’s not going to be able do anything for you. Try Xanax.