Ever wonder what it would be like to combine the nostalgia of a rotary phone with the compact size of the smartphone? Well, wonder no more.
A scientist named Justine Haupt has built a rotary cellphone. According to Colossal, she spent three years constructing the “anti-smartphone,” calling it The Portable Wireless Electronic Digital Rotary Telephone.
It has a rotary dial, fits in your pocket and can make phone calls. That’s about it.
“This is a statement against a world of touchscreens, hyperconnectivity, and complacency with big brother watchdogs,” Haupt writes on her website.
She adds, “So it’s not just a show-and-tell piece… My intent is to use it as my primary phone. It fits in a pocket; It’s reasonably compact; calling the people I most often call is faster than with my old phone, and the battery lasts almost 24 hours.”
Haupt has open sourced her technical design files – so while her rotary cell phone isn’t for sale, you could conceivably build your own.