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Steampunk Mobile Answered

Some great ideas come from taking a completely new gadget and making it something that looks like, and in this case sort of works like, something from the 19th century. This steampunk cell phone concept has no display. No 3G. No data plan. No games. It doesn't even have a dial pad. You make your calls with binary-coded punch cards, steampunk.

All you get in this rugged brown package is an earpiece, (possibly faux) gauges, visible screws, and a spinning number-counter. Oh, and a hole punch every time you want to order a pizza.

The project was developed for O2, aiming at the RPG player market (really!). I don't think it works. It would be cool if it did, but I don't think so...

Unplggd
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Sandisk1duo
Sandisk1duo

11 years ago

it is probable that someone that could make this, the problem would probably be that it's the size of a book! Just take apart a cellphone, re-wire the buttons, the mic, and the headphone, stuff it inside!

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jakesllama
jakesllama

Reply 10 years ago

not as easy they are very compact sometimes i cant even take it out of the circuit out of the case!

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Sandisk1duo
Sandisk1duo

Reply 10 years ago

that's why you don't take apart a new phone! just get an old-piece-of-junk phone for like $10

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jakesllama
jakesllama

Reply 10 years ago

you know there are people working on micro gears the size is so small it would make this possable the speaker could be a vibrating plate or an music machine based idea for diffrent sounds

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Sandisk1duo
Sandisk1duo

Reply 10 years ago

they could make a music machine, but it would be expensive as heck! the idea is simple, take apart an old phone, and put it in that

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jakesllama
jakesllama

Reply 10 years ago

i know what you mean but wouldnt it be amazing to have the real thing? i am willing to make one

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Sandisk1duo
Sandisk1duo

Reply 10 years ago

it would be pretty cool to have a real one

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MrMystery96
MrMystery96

Reply 10 years ago

the problem in your thinking is that while someone in japan might be able to make it the size of an iphone, kids these days, (or all the children i know) would have no part of it. so i'm geussing it wouldnt hit to well with the crowd. although i would buy it for sure...

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jakesllama
jakesllama

10 years ago

my idea would be to make a huge one that works and then narrow it down, compressing smaller design more effeicent intill you have it by the way i love the card punch idea! i would love to make this!

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

11 years ago

ha, i saw this on gizmodo, but never got round to posting, i like the clock cards idea. But a true steampunk would have a brass music cylinder that plays back the dial tone of the number.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

...and maybe a pair of telegraph semaphors to enter the number?

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

haha yes, thats the one.

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

*resists urge ..to.. ste..am punk.. phone...*

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Submit... submit... submit...

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

Its ok, i have another few steampunk/cyberpunk/dystopian projects on the go.

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}{itch
}{itch

Reply 11 years ago

how about a nice brass solenoid actuated clicker to read off texts in morse code?

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

11 years ago

Ahh that's cool!