Engineer Created a Rotary Mobile Phone and It’s Awesome




/ 7 months ago
Engineer Created a Rotary Mobile Phone and It's Awesome 1

It’s amusing to me that my kids have never really had to use a rotary phone. Even in my youth, button dial phones were much more common and mobiles become commonplace as I grew up too. I’m 35 now just for reference. However, the older tech of a rotary phone may be just that, old, but it’s still a perfectly good way of getting the job done.

Justine Haupt, 34, says that she hates text messages and generally doesn’t like the hyper-connectivity that comes with smartphones these days. Despite it being my job too, I’m sure we can all agree that we feel the online strain some times too.

Engineer Created a Rotary Mobile Phone and It's Awesome 2

“I don’t like the hyper-connected thing. I don’t like the idea of being at someone’s beck and call every moment and I don’t need to have that level of access to the internet. Whenever I want to look something up, I’m more than happy to do so when I am at my computer. I’ve never texted and building this phone was in part so that I would have a good excuse for not texting. Now I can hold up this phone and say, ‘No, I can’t text.'”

The phone doesn’t text, I mean, it would be hard given the apparent lack of a traditional display on it. It just has a hulking great rotary dialer right on the front, which I find bloody hilarious. It’ll last 30 hours on a single charge, which we all know is more than a day. There’s a small e-paper display in there to show missed messages and call, and it does have a speed dial feature too.

The hipster forces may fall over themselves for these. Fortunately, she’s got a website, which is down due to it being so popular. There you can grab a built-it-yourself kit.


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