Blokket, designed by Chelsea Briganti and The Way We See The World, is a small, phone sized pouch that blocks cell signals. Drop your device in and enjoy some uninterrupted moments on your own or with a pal.

“Blokket helps people engage in the present moment by providing interludes of relief from technology,” Briganti says.

Yes, there’s an off-on switch and airplane mode, but using Blokket is a conscious, visible gesture to your present company that you care enough not to check your phone.

"Goodbye phone, hello world!"

The smart material is a nylon and silver--actual silver--weave, like a "soft Faraday cage" which will also protect your chipped credit cards and passports from data theft.

Show someone you care--switch it off (and/or use a Blokket).

This Pouch Ensures You Pay Attention To Your Date, Not Your Phone

Blokket blocks cell signals and keeps your phone screen hidden from view.

Forget body language--the most effective, ultra-modern way to show someone that you’re into them, you respect them, or you genuinely enjoy their company is to keep your darn hands off your darn phone when you’re hanging out. Period. There’s always a little sinking feeling when you’re sitting across from someone who, mid-sentence, feels the need to fidget: To fact-check how tall Channing Tatum is in real life (Google sez 6’1”); to see if your buddy wants to get ice cream and a beer later (yes); to surreptitiously see if it’s your turn in Words With Friends (not yet). Even when you’re in on the search--or doing the search--there’s something distracting, and a teensy bit deflating, about the act.

Blokket, by Chelsea Briganti, Ingrid Zweifel, and Leigh Ann Tucker, aka The Way We See The World, is a simple pouch that blocks cell signals, and part of the MoMA Store’s new Destination NYC collection of Big Apple-designed, USA-produced goods. The smart material is a nylon-and-silver--actual silver--weave, like a "soft Faraday cage" which will also protect your chipped credit cards and passports from data theft. “I know law enforcement fields use it to prevent cell phone access, but I haven’t seen any products like ours on the market,” Briganti tells Co.Design. Basically, once you slip your smartphone in, there will be no calls, texts, or notifications to alert you to activities happening outside arm’s reach.



To address the obvious: yeah, there are, of course, a few built-in options for folks who have the willpower to power down. But when’s the last time you actually turned your mobile off when meeting up with a pal, or activated airplane mode on a date? Attention spans are frightfully short, and the sirens’ call of what’s happening online can be tough to wrench yourself away from, no matter how hard you try. “Blokket helps people engage in the present moment by providing interludes of relief from technology,” Briganti says. It’s as much a kind gesture as it is a functional object.

Ultimately, the issue isn’t just about being polite--the team considers Blokket a tool to engender health and happiness, and a potential gateway toward deeper, more meaningful developments. “We’ve had lots of people test it out and the results were astonishing,” she says. In addition to the predictably better convos and stronger personal connections, using the pouch actually helped to create new habits; users found themselves comfortably making the decision to keep interactions face to face and in the flesh. “That was even more fascinating,” Briganti says. “And this is our goal--to facilitate a change in human behavior.”

Purchase Blokket from the MoMA Store here for $38.

(h/t Better Living Through Design)

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9 Comments

  • Dan

    It does, however, not solve that the phone complains over and over about loosing connectivity taking your attention away from your date.

  • Charles

    Next we should get a bag that you put this in that neutralizes the signal blocking, in case your phone is in the bag but you still want to use it.

  • Michael Stafford

    The argument about being more polite and considerate is redundant. If you're considerate enough to buy this product and use it when you're out with friends, you're the kind of person who doesn't need to buy this product. How hard is it to switch your phone to silent?

  • PPO

    Hi, preventing a mobile phone from receiving signal has a major drawback: the phone will increase power in transmission mode to scan environment leading to a heavy power consumption so it might be that at the end of your 4h meeting, you have no more battery left...

  • Akwa101

    Hey umm heres an idea..why don't you just leave your phone in your car..or is that i dunno too hard for gen y zombies?

  • sleeveface

    Wouldn't this cause a massive battery drain while your phone searches, in vain, to find a usable signal?

  • Wojtek Piotrowski

    Agree. Also it's kinda reversed idea when phone searches for a network all the time. I think it's something like that.