Problem Modern men and women are slaves of our smartphones.
Challenge We already know we need a break. It's just not easy to take action. Also there is an anxiety of "what if?"
Solution Created a physical device that keeps us away from our phones and also a system that takes care of the emergency anxiety.
Timeout is a handmade wooden box that enables you to take a break from your smartphone, simply by placing it inside. With one simple action, you are free from the digital world’s interruptions.
Why do we need a Smartphone Break?
According to a Morgan Stanley Internet Trends report, over 90 percent of people keep their mobile phones within three feet of them, twenty-four hours a day. Because we keep our phones with us 24 hours a day, we are always there when the phone receives a ring or buzz. Once we know there is something waiting for us, our curiosity is stimulated and we are already distracted whether we check it or not.
What are the Benefits of a Smartphone Break?
We can spend time in more meaningful ways, instead of letting time pass by while staring at digital screens. This interruption free time can be used for quality time interacting with the people around us. It can also be time dedicated to ourself. We can work on a task that requires concentration or we can spend the time for pure relaxation as well.
Why do we not turn the phones off?
1. We believe that leaving it on will not effect us in any negative way. Surely we can resist looking at it. But we can’t. In fact this is a classic addict behavior.
2. Turning a smartphone on and off is simply too much of a hassle. It actually takes about 60 seconds and we feel that is too much of an effort.
3. We live with a sense of obligation to reply immediately. We are worried that if we receive a message and do not respond right away, others might think we are being rude.
4. There is an anxiety of “What if I miss something important?
What does Timeout do to help?
Once a phone is placed inside, it will be recognized by the box through bluetooth connection. At the same time it activates software that prohibits the smartphone from ringing or vibrating.
If the phone receives a call or message during this time, it will send an auto reply message that explains the current situation and also lets the caller know that he or she will be contacted later.
The auto-reply message will also include an emergency number. This is for the situation when there is an urgent need to contact us. When the emergency number is dialed, the box itself will send out visual and auditory signals suggesting us to check our phone.