A range of devices designed to break our smartphone addictions

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A range of devices designed to break our smartphone addictions

Image courtesy of Arash Nouruzi and Matteo Bandi

A range of devices designed to break our smartphone addictions

Image courtesy of Arash Nouruzi and Matteo Bandi

A range of devices designed to break our smartphone addictions

Image courtesy of Arash Nouruzi and Matteo Bandi

A range of devices designed to break our smartphone addictions

Image courtesy of Arash Nouruzi and Matteo Bandi

Truth be told, most of us are completely addicted to our phones and, if we’re totally honest with ourselves, it’s not the most healthy habit. Do we really need to be scrolling through Instagram in the middle of the night or looking for reactions on Twitter while simultaneously watching something on TV? The pesky little things can even cause us to miss intimate moments with our families.

With that in mind, Royal College of Art graduate Matteo Bandi has invented a series of devices that aim to help us live in the moment.

Called Sidekicks, each of the objects only work when connected to a smartphone, meaning we have to let that precious little device out of our clutches. They include an alarm clock, projector, a speaker and a lamp. Don’t try and use your phone while it’s connected either, as the device its connected to will cease to function.

“More and more people everyday are willing to reduce the impact phones have on them, but it often turns out to be harder than expected,” explains Bandi. “In this scenario, my goal is to reflect on the role interactive objects can play for and with us. The devices are, in fact, not only designed as tools to make us more productive or ease a process, but also as friendly companions to help us let the moment happen.”

You can take a look at more of Bandi’s work on his website.

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