Steampunk phone does nothing useful, is very cool

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Here’s a Steampunk phone prototype by designer Arthur Schmitt. You make calls using binary punchcards. Punchcards! There are also some dials and a metal grill-type earpiece. The backside of the device seems to contain some sort of rolling counter that likely either keeps track of call duration or gives you the time.

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It looks much more rugged than the old-school Nokia phones that everyone used to get for free but I’m guessing you can’t play Snake on it. Still very cool. Remember, it’s only a prototype, but I betcha there are plenty of people who would buy one of these.

[Arthur Schmitt via DVICE]

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