One of the most powerful thing about this century is the connectivity among people, places, and events whether it be through social media, the mobile phones or other technological advancements.
However, there has been an intervention in the recent past that aims to provide ‘slightly more disconnected lives’ to people. The intended goal of this invention is to bring back your focus to daily life that you could currently be missing just because of your smartphone. Sounds strange? Well, it is.
Runcible is an Anti-smartphone device that has been put up for preorder recently by a California-based company Monohm.
Since the idea behind Runcible is very uncommon so we can understand why it is also totally opposite to the traditional body of a smartphone, i.e round and circular instead of rectangular.
Runcible is the first ever anti-smartphone that was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2015 and now, after a long silence, here comes the preordering.
Starting at $399 for the base model and $499 for the premium “adventure” version, the device is scheduled to land this September.
Basic features of Runcible:
According to the creator of this gadget, Aubrey Anderson, Runcible is a quieter gadget that is aimed to help people relax and live slightly more disconnected lives.
The little gadget runs on BuniOS as well as Android 5.1, in order to install and run native apps.
It has a 2.5-inch display with a 640 x 640 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, a Qualcomm Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
In addition to this, there is a 7-megapixel rear-facing camera on the device and it also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth while the final version is also expected to come with LTE.
Smartphone Vs. Anti-Smartphone:
We all know that a smartphone is a mobile phone having an advanced mobile operating system which combines features of a personal computer operating system with other useful aspects and it alerts the user as soon as the notification arrives.
An anti-smartphone, on the other side, is a piece of gadget that does not interrupt the user with its notifications and vibrations and it never beeps, in order to help them focus on the real world.
However, that does not mean you cannot stay connected. According to Anderson, “When you take your Runcible apart, you’ll find exposed GPIO (general-purpose input/output) you can add components to.”
There are also endpoints for audio, USB host, SPI (serial peripheral interface) and UART (universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter).”
It seems like Runcible is weird yet a useful thing for those who need a break from the constant stress of technology in an unusual way.
Being part of an advanced world, there is no doubt in the fact that connectivity has become a major aspect of our lives but it is also important to bring balance instead of hovering on the flat screen most of the times.
However, it remains to be seen that to which extend the social geeks will accept this concept and if not, then what will be the consequences of the emerging dilemma created by smartphones and other technological innovations.