Skip Nav
Humor
This Grammar Quiz Will Make You Feel Like a Genius — Until You Realize It's So Wrong
Photography
The 10 Best Places to Watch the Solar Eclipse in the US
Facebook
You're Going to Tear Your Hair Out Trying to Find a Cell Phone in This Optical Illusion

Rotary Telephone as Photo Booth

Rotary Phones — the Latest in Photo Booth Technology

In the days of cell phones and video chat, there's not much of a reason to keep a rotary telephone around other than its vintage good looks. A new project called the Rotobooth is repurposing those antique devices of yore in a way that is so 2012: a text message-sending photo booth.

Rotobooth users dial their mobile numbers the old-school way with long winds around the rotary phone located below the camera lens. Creators of Rotobooth hacked the phone with an Arduino microcontroller, so that once a photo is taken, it's sent to Flickr, and the user then receives a text message link to that photo on whatever number was dialed on the rotary phone.

This retro take on a modern digital photo booth was actually part of a hacking session at Twilio, a cloud-based texting company, and was used to send text message photo links to those smiling for the Rotobooth camera. Go, hackers!

Photo: Flickr User mauxfaux

Join The Conversation
Sexy Blair and Chuck Relationship GIFs From Gossip Girl
How Many Movies Was Elvis Presley In?
Last Dinner Served on Titanic
What Is Disneybounding?
From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds