Dinner for one tonight? A new type of ramen bowl comes with a built-in iPhone dock so your smart phone can keep you company. The Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl places the dock on the opposite end of the bowl, letting customers watch their favorite shows, listen to music, or video chat while devouring their ramen noodles.
The bowl is one of the latest creations of MisoSoupDesign, a sustainable design and corporate-branding company. The bowl has a sleek and sculptural design and comes in multiple colors.
Minnie Jan, one of the designers, told The New York Daily News, that they got the idea after they saw a Taiwanese man eating a bowl of ramen with one hand and holding his phone with the other.
“He just couldn’t let the phone go!” Jan told the Daily News. “We thought it would be a good idea to help him restore his manners.”
The company announced on its Facebook page that the bowls will be released by April or May. In the meantime, customers can pre-order the bowls.
While the iPhone dock rests a solid inch or two above the top of the bowl, customers will want to avoid slurping in the iPhone’s presence and be careful when placing it on the dock. And it’s probably not best for Skype dates.