A Rotary Phone Reinvented!

Do you remember the old rotary phones, the ones where you'd have to spin a little wheel to dial each number? If you don't even remember them, the advent of the iPhone and the newest generation of touch-screen smartphones are to blame for that. 

Well Youtube user and maker, Mr. Volt, decided to recreate the glory of these old rotary phones, but with the additions of text messaging and radio. It has this funky old-school-new aesthetic that reminds me of a Steampunk/Back to the future lovechild. 

The crafty Youtuber designed the entire unit himself, and then 3D printed the housing with a Lulzbot Mini! All the tactile feedback of older phones is bundled with all the beeps and clicks of the older style phones. It's also combined with the typical features of a mobile phone these days.

The project was built on an Adafruit Fona Feather and uses a combination of generic maker components to provide the user with its (limited, but still impressive) features. Check out his preview of the phone here, the materials for the project are as below:

  • ABS (3D printed on Lulzbot Mini)
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Padouk
  • Adafruit Fona Feather (Atmega 32u4 and SIMCOM800L)
  • 2000 mAh LiPo
  • 8 ohm 1W speaker
  • 96x64 pixel color OLED display

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