A rather excellent rotary mobile made by scientist/engineer Justine Haupt as a “statement against a world of touchscreens, hyperconnectivity, and complacency with big brother watchdogs.” Sez she:
it’s not just a show-and-tell piece… My intent is to use it as my primary phone. It fits in a pocket.; It’s reasonably compact; calling the people I most often call is faster than with my old phone, and the battery lasts almost 24 hours.
She’s open sourced the technical details on her website so you can build your own if you’re that way inclined.
Michael Rigley, a student at the California College of Art, created this beautifully rendered and now somewhat timely animation about data capture from mobile phones for his BFA design thesis project. Sez he:
Information technology has become a ubiquitous presence. By visualizing the processes that underlie our interactions with this technology we can trace what happens to the information we feed into the network.