Steampunk 1920s iPhone Concept is Just… Weird

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Well, there are futuristic concepts and then there’s the model below. It’s a steampunk piece of work, a throwback to the 1920s era of telephones, that were still a prized possession, since they were not widespread yet. We’re dealing with a sort of iPhone integration within this old school piece.

iPhone rotary phone steampunk concept

Created by Paul Myers, the render features a metal and wood design, plus what appears to be a a camera at the center of that support holding the earpiece into place. I must admit I’ve missed the second screen on the huge wood base, which is useful to see people during retro FaceTime calls. The UI is displayed on an oval screen bit on the receiver portion, which frankly doesn’t feel like an inspired choice.

iPhone rotary phone steampunk concept 2

However, before we go out and criticize stuff, steampunk was never a way to make predictable art. It’s supposed to be original, unusual, a throwback to the past, with elements from the future. Thus, a weird screen format or two is permitted… This would make a fine piece of furniture in an Apple museum of concepts.

[via Behance]

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  • bjs

    I could see this on the set of StarTrek Next Generation, in the holo room, in one of Picard’s or Data’s western scenarios.

  • ArtificiallyYours

    Meh. Steampunk.