Steampunk Rotary Smart Phone

It’s about time for me to get a new cell phone, and there’s many a model for me to consider. All these phones do so many newfangled things nowadays, and I just got texting like, a year ago. So I’m behind the times. I’ve been plugging away with my little “dumb phone” (read, not smart) for a while and I was pretty much convinced I could leave those smart phones for people whose emails are considerably more pressing than mine.

Until I saw this:

Rotary smart phone?! What is this awesomeness?

Even in its prototype form, I can feel the pull of the smartphone dark side whispering sweetly in my ear, “Oh Audelia, you know this handcrafted phone is just perfect for your sense of style. And wouldn’t you love to do blog posts from your phone?”

Shush you!

This phone was created by Richard Clarkson, and he has some interesting things to say about what the phone is and why he created it in the first place, via designboom:

The rotary mechanical smartphone is based on the idea of incorporating more feeling and life into our everyday digital objects. In modern times these objects have come to define us, but who and what defines these objects? Are we happy with the generic rectangles of a touchscreen or do we want something with more tangibility, something with more life, something with more aura?  ‘Rotary mechanical’ is a question not only about the ever increasing ‘digital take-over’ of everything in our lives but also what is lost when this happens.

I’ll be paying close attention to both Richard’s and Rotary Mechanical’s tumblrs as this project continues along.

One comment on “Steampunk Rotary Smart Phone

  1. Lawanda says:

    Totally Audelian

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