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« on: July 11, 2008, 04:11:41 pm »

Greetings Ladies and Gentelmen
I am Nerovian Baskerville - and YOU, I regret to inform You, are now My hostages

Erm - wait - no - that wasn't it...

Well - now that I have your attention - the thing is quite simple - I need your help

Let's start from the beginning, I'm getting married, and there is a tradition of giving a present the morning after
My lovely future wife got hooked on steampunk (yay) and she needs a new phone
So, I thought, I'll make one...

The tech stuff
I have a couple of old Nokia 3310 and 3330s at home, taken apart for the display, and they will make a fine new phone - since they all (should) work
The thing is, I cant come up with a design for it...

I have a friend who can make allmost anything out of wood and/or metal, he just need a design and some materials
I, on the other hand, can make anything electronic, should I need it

The absolutely only one i know who could design a steampuk cellphone - is my fiancee...

That's where YOU come in...
I'll post the measurements for all the stuff that makes up the phones, YOU make the design for me, and I'll build it, take pictures of the entire process, and post an instructable - giving YOU credit for the awesome design

How does that sound???
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2008, 04:17:25 pm »

That sounds great.....but I haven't got any experience steampunking cellphones though......  Grin
But..... 1.welcome to the forum
          2.congratulations with getting married   Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2008, 04:27:37 pm »

Needs to be set up for voice dialing, so you can pick it up, press a big clunky button and say,

"Operator, can you connect me to Dr Fiddlington-Smythe on Sydney-Under-Wold 435 please"

Cheesy:D
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2008, 05:45:40 pm »

Needs to be set up for voice dialing, so you can pick it up, press a big clunky button and say,

"Operator, can you connect me to Dr Fiddlington-Smythe on Sydney-Under-Wold 435 please"

That would be awesome - but unfortunately the operators here in denmark aren't quite that flexible... Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2008, 06:38:33 pm »



Perhaps something like this?

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2008, 06:41:27 pm »

how 'cell phoney' does it need to be? does it need to be slim and transportable, can fit into a pocket/purse? how much liberty do we take with the concept?

congrats on the future happiness and all
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2008, 06:43:35 pm »

Possibly the best introduction i've seen in a long time.
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2008, 06:48:43 pm »

Congrats on your impending marriage!

This does sound like a great design opportunity. I've already got ideas rolling through my head. Why don't you go ahead and post the component measurements. I don't know whether I personally will be able to design it for you, but, time permitting, I might give it a shot.

Something to note--a custom-made steampunk phone is probably not going to be as compact as a regular cellphone.

What is your time frame on this project? When do you need to have a final design?
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2008, 06:54:56 pm »

Hmmm great minds think alike , ive been working on some designs for my own phone , ill try to get it built and then post pictures, i now have three weeks of before i start my new job, so its steampunkin time.
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2008, 07:35:08 pm »

First of all - thanks for the replys and the congratulations
I'm really looking forward to it - it wont be steampunk - it's going to be medieval

Perhaps something like this?
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THAT looks absolutely awesome - but I think it is JUST a bit too bulky;)


how 'cell phoney' does it need to be? does it need to be slim and transportable, can fit into a pocket/purse? how much liberty do we take with the concept?


It doesn't need to be 2 ounces, and 1½ inch - but it has to be transportable...
The size can be anything - take all the liberty you want -
Honestly I have no idea

Possibly the best introduction I've seen in a long time.

Thanks - I have to get peoples attention somehow right Cheesy


I'll post the measurements as soon as I can get my hands on them w/o my GF figuring out what I'm up to...
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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2008, 04:28:54 am »

Yes, a clever introduction. First impressions and all that...

Congratulations and all appropriate blessings on your union.

For a cell phone, I'd suggest making it look like an oval pocket watch. The case could be etched or even jeweled to taste, in one or two piece style. The buttons could be small and round like old typewriter keys. The hardest part would be making the screen fit with the rest, perhaps a small round lens over it?
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2008, 08:24:56 am »

i suggest something like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:1896_telephone.jpg that you can flip down the front and have the screen and buttons behind.
attach 2 D rings so you can clip on a sling(?). might even be possible to use it as a small handbag too!
or it could have a massive battery! :-)
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2008, 10:49:06 am »



Use a brushed brass for the blue part.

The red part could be a selector switch that would be used to trigger the numbers, you'd need a 12 number selector switch.

The brown buttons are the send and end buttons.

For arrows, you could put buttons on the side to scroll up and down through the address book.

Just a concept for you.

Sincerely,
Professor (SFC) Delphinius "J.C." Tucker
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2008, 11:27:42 am »

give it square edges, perhaps with brass coverings. at mo it looks like an Ipod.
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2008, 11:38:26 am »

First of all - thanks for the replys and the congratulations
I'm really looking forward to it - it wont be steampunk - it's going to be medieval

Perhaps something like this?
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THAT looks absolutely awesome - but I think it is JUST a bit too bulky;)


Ah but did you notice the date  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2008, 12:23:10 pm »

Have just had a cunning plan. you know those olde victorian phones, with the long handled earpieces? (like on the phone above). well, most phones come with a hands free wire (see photo). im sure it would be simple to have that wire run through the old earpiece/reciver (name?)

with voice dial you could keep the phone itself in your pocket and simply produce the receiver and shout into it "get me london!" and have it ring the local takeaway or something...

 


picture- phone with hands free wire, note mic and headphones...
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2008, 12:25:25 pm »

ok, cant get the pic up... possibly to big? dunno. will keep trying.
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2008, 01:16:38 pm »

something along these lines? or maybe just put the whole phone inside the handset.

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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2008, 01:37:51 pm »

pretty much that exactly  Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2008, 09:49:17 pm »

Heres some picture of Telephones ive designed, im going to build the middle one for myself later in the week.

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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2008, 10:12:52 pm »



I love the look of the 'Parlez phone'   Cool
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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2008, 10:17:20 pm »

I´d imagine the easiest thing would be to make a wooden case for the cell phone, instead of plastic. Then to use brass buttons, and have brass edging around the screen and maybe a design on the back carved into the wood.
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« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2008, 05:32:51 am »

Aye, the Parlez design is VERY similar to a concept that's been floating around in my head for the past couple of weeks.  Love that design.  The Porta-O-Phone one you are going with is rather nice as well.

My concept was wrist mounted and had the microphone and ear trumpet in different locations.  Hadn't started actually BUILDING the thing yet.  I need to finish my synthesizer first.
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« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2008, 06:29:00 am »

I've just started working on making a bluetooth headset that looks like a antique phone receiver.  That might be easier to do and it will work with any fairly new phone so if you need a new phone for some reason you don't have to mod it all over again. 
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« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2008, 01:35:55 pm »

that may actually be more practical, especially if you can have an answer button on it (you can have your phone in a bag/deep pocket and the reciver closer to hand)
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