Woman builds rotary cellphone and it actually works

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Astronomy engineer builds functioning rotary cellphone

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If you’re tired of trying to explain how to use a smartphone to your parents and grandparents, a woman has built the perfect gadget.

Who would have thought a smartphone and text messaging would be too much to deal with for a space engineer?

Justine Haupt, who is an astronomy engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, told SWNS, according to Fox News: "I work in technology, but I don't like the culture around smartphones. I don't like the hyperconnected thing. I don't like the idea of being at someone's beck and call every moment and I don't need to have that level of access to the internet."

So she used her tech skills and a 3D printer to print a case and make a rotary cellphone that actually sends and receives calls. It took Haupt about three years to bring the idea to reality.

The rotary part came from a Trimline telephone, Wired reported.

So how does it connect? She used an AT&T prepaid SIM card.

She also added speed dialing to call her husband and her mother and an e-paper display for messages and missed calls, Fox News reported.

Haupt made the phone for herself, and never intended to sell it, but now she's being contacted by people who want to go retro, so she has come up with a kit that people can use to start to build their own.

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