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Steampunk Rotary Cellphone Makes Technology Tactile Again

Posted By Cliff Champion On June 16, 2011 @ 6:08 pm In Decorative Objects,Green Products,green technology | 3 Comments

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In an age when cellphones [1] have been streamlined to a slew of uninspiring, minimalist bricks, steampunk designer Richard Clarkson [2] offers up a throwback dose of vintage nostalgia: the Rotary Mechanical Phone. Inspired by the interchangeable lenses of a camera [3], this phone has two different button interfaces that allow you to rediscover the tangible side of technology. But don’t think that this awesome old-school phone doesn’t pack a punch; its core is comprised of a smart phone that can meet the needs of the modern techno-whiz [4].


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Clarkson believes that modern smartphones have lost the “aura” of the mechanical technology of yesteryear. The designer’s goal was to find a harmonious balance between function and old-fashioned substance. He hacked a smartphone to accommodate two different rotary interfaces: a push-button dial, and a true rotary dial. From there, Clarkson electroplated the phone’s shell with copper and finished it with a layer of paint so that it ages and weathers with time. The phone is embellished with a series of old-world details that give it a polished, antique feel, making it an eye-catching addition to any gadget geek’s lineup.

Via Yanko Design [5]


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[1] cellphones: http://inhabitat.com/giant-wooden-xylophone-advertises-docomo-touchwood-cell-phone/

[2] Richard Clarkson: http://rotarymechanical.tumblr.com/

[3] camera: http://inhabitat.com/awesome-bamboo-iphone-case-looks-like-a-retro-camera/

[4] techno-whiz: http://inhabitat.com/announcing-ask-a-tech-geek-advice-column-with-peter-rojas/

[5] Yanko Design: http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/06/16/steampunk-rotary-smartphone-in-digital-era/

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