Steampunk Cell Phone Takes Tech Backwards

Steampunk Cell Phone Takes Tech Backwards

Taryn Williford
Oct 1, 2008
We love the creativity and innovation (retro-vation?) that comes from Steampunk modifications to modern technology. 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.

Gotta admit, though, we kinda like the little cards. In the photos, they're labeled and printed with cool images. If the whole world was steampunk, we'd see businesses and executives making their own branded binary punch papers. It would give a new meaning to a "calling card."

From Londoner Arthur Schmitt.

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