Industrial Design Digital Detox Phone
May 24, 2017
Halcyon is a concept industrial design project created by Mike George. It’s a phone to escape the digital world. The idea is simple, we all know that smartphones have completely changed the way we live. The average person spends 3.6 hours a day on their smartphones on social media. The smartphones got as connected, and yet people have never felt more lonely. Mike’s idea is to go back to simplicity and reduce the venues where people can fabricate personas and end up missing out on what’s important. Halcyon is a flip-phone. A gorgeous one and it embraces the trend of ‘digital detoxing.’
Halcyon is an adjective denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful…
Simple and intuitive, the handset is as stripped-back and minimal as possible – says Mike. He also adds that the “device takes you back to a simple time, before status and Whatsoever groups’. It’s an incentive for people to go back to be social in the true sense of the word.
There’s a lot to love from this industrial design concept. From the simplicity of the form to the elegant look. I know it’s a concept, but the way it folds does look awesome. I also know that it would be to much to ask, but a project like that deserves some real prototyping. Maybe in the future with the proliferation of 3D printing and Arduino, we might be able to make our own hardware. Till then let’s enjoy beautiful concept projects like this one
Mike George is an industrial designer from Birmingham, United Kingdom – currently working at DCA Design International. For more information about his work make sure to check out his Behance profile at https://www.behance.net/mgproductd24a9