In a world where smartphones are gateways to nearly anything you can imagine and constant distractions, Justine Haupt wanted a phone without distractions. That’s why she built the Rotary Cellphone. In place of a touchscreen it has a rotary dialer, a few buttons on the face of the device, and nothing else. On the back of the phone it has an e-ink display that can tell you caller information and history, like if you missed a call. Ms. Haupt shared the schematics and original design files so anyone can build a Rotary Cellphone of their own.
Dr. Mac has been playing (actually, working out) with an Activ5 Portable Fitness Device from Activbody for the past few weeks and so far he’s impressed.
David Nield wrote about five mistakes we all make when we buy new tech. It’s a good list to reflect upon when you’re in the market for new gadgets.
Prying open the packaging of your new gadget should fill you with excitement, not second thoughts. To avoid the sinking feeling that you have, once again, spent $80 on a device you don’t need, take note of these common pitfalls before you buy.
Dr. Mac’s 261st Rants & Raves column asks: “How can you not love clever gadgets?” before he describes two of his newfound favorites.
Dr. Mac has collected quite an assortment of photography-related gadgets he uses with his iPhone, all aimed at helping him capture the best possible image every time.