Imagine a lost kid en route his home from school. Baffled and scared, he reaches out for a small gadget in his pocket. The tiny device has just three buttons and after pressing one of them, he is instantly connected to his father or mother. Voila! He is no longer lost, courtesy his cellphone-like device.
It is cute and compact minus any of the frills a la Bluetooth associated with glitzy gizmos. The patented mobile prototype could re-write the concept of communication with its one-touch connectivity.
The credit for designing the ‘socially responsible product’ goes to Pradyumna Vyas, principal designer, Faculty of Industrial design, National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad. “I have eliminated the screen, address book, SMS facility and all the frills in a normal mobile phone. Even the basic connectivity is restricted to three numbers that can go up to six,” says Vyas.
The mobile can easily be carried by a school-going child. When it rings, there would only be a light bell. If there is an incoming call, a switch glows.
Accessibility depends on a code — known to either the service provider or the parent in whose mobile phone the bill would be added, Vyas added.