Step 1: Choose who the banana telephone is for

Of course, you might just want to make it for yourself. But this is the Christmas season . .

Choose who the banana telephone is for may seem like an obvious, almost subconscious, step, but sometimes it's not. It's lots of fun to make a really awesome project, but it does tend to help if you know who you're making it for.
For example, don't make this project, then realize that the only person you haven't bought a present for is your seven-year-old sister. I'm sure she'll like it, but really, it's like giving a Barbie doll to your dad.
I made the original prototype for my just-married sister and her husband. It's always useful to have a telephone in the house, and (as I told my mum) they're already crazy with love; now they can look crazy, too!
haha i LOVE it!<br>
i think this is GENIUS!!!! :)<br><br><br>- helen malczanek
nice i need to make this for my friend who has a laptop painted like a watermelon
Awesome!<br/><br/>Reminds me of this...<br/><br/><div style="margin-left:15px;"> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wky5H1xC6-I"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wky5H1xC6-I" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></div><br/>
A song like bananaphone sped up. My ears!
What about, instead of making the banana, just buy the plastic ones from a home deco shop? They look more realistic, and they're cheap too. Great instructable, by the way. Boop-boop-a-doop-a-doop!
Yea, for those of you who are lucky enough to be able to buy them (and buy ones large enough to fit a telephone in), it would be simpler. But definitely not as fun!
This is just about the weirdest thing I've seen. But I love it! Keep up the good work.
It's the best! Beats the rest! lol, great work!
Not original.... This <a rel="nofollow" href="http://gprime.net/flash.php/bananaphone">is original</a><br/>
Beat me to it, by only a month too! BANANA PHONE!
the charging contacts surely don't need to be that long if done a little cleaner (not knocking you...this thing is fun looking)....it would have been nicer to have the things in such a way where you could set the phone part on the base part with the convex side up (i.e. the back on the nanner) this way you wouldn't really know it's a phone without already knowing it's a phone (or hearing it ring)
Yes, the charging contacts are a bit longer than necessary. However, both the contacts on the base and the contacts on the phone have to be put in before the base's electronics are built, and I find that the base circuitboard tends to alter the base's balance. This means that the shorter the contacts wires, the less chance they will still be touching the contacts when the electronics are in (and the base sits differently). Frankly, I prefer a working charger and not-so-hot looking phone to a cool phone that doesn't recharge. I'm not sure I understand the second part of your comment, but if you are saying that you wish the phone-ness of the banana handset was less obvious, then I will share an idea I had. My original intent was to cover the bananas with yellow vinyl and make the vinyl on the front face of the phone peel back to reveal the keys and lcd. This would involve painting the front face on the phone white, cutting holes for the speaker and microphone in the vinyl on the front face, and providing a way for the front face to peel off and stick on again. This could be done by inserting rare-earth magnets in the phone body alone the edge of the front face, then attaching corresponding magnets onto the vinyl. Of course, the vinyl should be attached to the phone near the bottom of the face. I hope that's useful!
yeah now that would be nifty! to have to peal the phone! technically you could use velcro or something...i wonder if the magnets would screw with the phone at all? and have the "stem" part of the nanner stay with the vinyl "peel" part....
Hmm, never though about the magnet interfering with the electronics. <br/>Velcro would work equally well (can't imagine <em>that</em> messing with electronics!), but is incredibly ugly.<br/>You should try to implement these ideas - I published this Instructable for others to improve on, after all.<br/>
I love it. My only suggestion would have been to have a charging wire running perpendicular on either the phone or base..that way you'd have a better chance of contact. Great idea though!
I don't get you. The charging wire on the phone <em>is</em> positioned so that is it perpendicular to the wires on the base. That is, the wires on the phone travel parallel to the side of the face, while the wires on the base are perpendicular to the wires on the phone.<br/>
Ah, I misunderstood the pictures =]<br/>
Awesome job! Ma! Pick up the bananaphone! I think Rick is calling! Hahaha.
Awesome! I really want to have a bash at this :D
Ring ring ring... BANANAPHONE! Great instructable, well documented. Definitely one I will want to try out in the future. Great job!

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