Inventor Builds Functioning Rotary Cell Phone

Michele Debczak
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Show a rotary phone to anyone under age 10 (and that's a conservative cut-off) and prepare to be met with confused looks. The sounds and sensations of spinning a wheel to dial one number at a time may be alien to the smartphone generation, but that doesn't mean they’ve been completely forgotten.

One person who refuses to let go of his nostalgia is inventor and YouTube user Mr. Volt. His latest creation—spotted by Gizmodo—applies that classic rotary phone aesthetic to a custom-built cell phone. The device has a few modern features—radio, text messaging, and a USB port for charging—but anyone used to using a touch screen their whole life would likely have trouble figuring it out. You can watch the video below and decide for yourself if cell phones are better off without this retro quirk.

[h/t Gizmodo]