Sacrifice distractions, not style.

Today’s top-of-the-line smartphones promise to do it all, with IM and video calls, games and fitness trackers, dating and banking apps, all of them constantly jostling for our attention. And once we’ve reached our mental saturation point, we download apps to help filter, streamline, or block out that content we've been consuming.

That’s where the Light Phone comes in. This slim device, roughly the size of a credit card, does just one thing: phone calls. Digits glow on the smooth touch screen surface, giving you just what you need to connect, nothing more. (OK, it tells the time too—but that’s it.)

The phone, fully funded on Kickstarter in eight days, comes pre-loaded with minutes and a unique number. Once you set up call forwarding with your regular phone, you can take this one on the road with you and leave your app-heavy brick at home. No more texts, no more notifications. The device’s sleek, glowing interface—which retains charge for 20 days—looks like it came from the high-tech world of Iron Man or Minority Report, but its simplicity will satisfy a Luddite.

Creators Kaiwai Tang and Joe Hollier, who met at a design incubator, say the Light Phone is “designed to be used as little as possible,” so you can focus on what’s important—what’s happening right in front of you.

The creators estimate that the $100 phone will be available for sale next summer.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. a photo of Zurich, Switzerland
    Life

    Death to Livability!

    What does it really mean when certain kinds of cities keep getting ranked as the world’s “most livable”?

  2. A rendering of Quayside, the waterfront development now being planned for Toronto.
    Solutions

    A Big Master Plan for Google's Growing Smart City

    Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs has revealed its master plan for the controversial Quayside waterfront development—and it’s a lot bigger.

  3. a photo of a highway
    Transportation

    Americans Are Spending Billions on Bad Highway Expansions

    PIRG’s annual list of “highway boondoggles” includes nine transportation projects that will cost a total of $25 billion while driving up emissions.

  4. Felipe Rose.
    Life

    A Gay Icon Remembers Life in the Village, and in the Village People

    Fifty years after Stonewall, Felipe Rose—“The Indian” from the Village People—remembers New York City’s Greenwich Village as the gay rights movement took hold.

  5. Design

    Revisiting Pittsburgh’s Era of Big Plans

    A conversation with the trio of authors behind a new book about the Steel City’s mid-20th-century transformation.

×