Richard Clarkson designed this conceptual rotary smartphone as a reminder of what we've lost with the advent of touchscreens. A familiar subject, but the final product really oozes cyberpunk.
Interestingly enough, a retro rotary phone lends itself well to iPhone docking. Plus, building one yourself looks to be a fairly simple procedure (so long as you are willing to cannibalize a speaker dock).
While it's true that carrying around this portable rotary cellphone—yes, it's a cellphone—will impress friends and strangers alike, it's unlikely to impress them for more than five minutes. Yes, it supports tri-band GSM, has a SIM card slot and has a rechargeable battery. But the phone costs $499 and you have to…