This new piece of technology is not like many phones now-a-days. As a matter of a fact this phone is similar to the cell phones of 80’s and 90’s, with more of a futuristic look. Although futuristic looking, its only features are making calls and sending calls, it can also be used as a flashlight.
Just like a normal phone you put in a sim card you make and answers calls, so what’s so special about this phone?
Well, this phone can hold a charge for 20 hours from one complete charge. This is by far the phone with the longest charge held by a commercial phone. It’s as small as a credit card and can connect to your smart-phone, it gives you the ability to finally put your phone down and leave it home, the ability to detach from the technology that runs our lives for a moment.
As expected, Google, had a part to play, this device was created at Google’s 30 week incubator in NYC. It was created by Joe Hollier and Kaiwei Tang, who both have a background in design. Google’s incubator is about a design team of New York design schools—Parsons, Pratt, School of Visual Arts, and The Cooper Union in collaboration with the education company Hyper Island and Google.
“We started building this because it became very clear that true happiness means being present. This has been written about by so many of the smartest minds since Seneca. So much of our days are spent connected and staring at screens that we are losing that presence in so many situations. We built the Light Phone as a way for people to find balance with their connectedness. It’s not that we think people should never connect again, it’s just that taking a break is extremely healthy in every sense of the word,” said Hollier.
The purpose of the device seems to be to break away from the technological comma put on society. The phone includes 500 pre- paid minutes and it charges using a USB. The shipping release date is in May 2016. The phone is supposed to detach us from society through the process of just making calls.
“This phone will likely never need to be replaced by a new model,” said Hollier. “This project is really about a conversation we want to start. Is where technology is going really the way we want in terms of living our day to day lives in the happiest sense? We are not against tech at all (clearly we joined an incubator and have a passion for this) but we think that maybe we need to put the human first in tech again and think about what kind of tech will make our lives better in the long term. I don’t think the Light Phone is the end all be all answer to this question but it’s our first step in starting the conversation and we have lots of ideas for going forward.”
This project is supposed to revolutionize the modern world.