Our editors have compiled a list of the “Top 5 Strangest (or Coolest) Cell Phone Mods and Accessories” for your enjoyment. Which ones are your favorites? (Thanks, Zipped)
5. Retro Cell Phone Receiver
Presenting the retro-styled cell phone receiver from Fred Flare. It works with most cell phones using the provided adapters and measures in at 2.5″ x 8″ — with a 19″ long cord. [Source]
4. Windmill Mobile Phone Charger
The windmill mobile phone charger differs from other chargers in several ways. First, this charger uses a fanblade with an attached generator to power your cell phone. It’s also waterproof and has a one ampere DC flow (12V) with a potential difference of 12V, which should be enough juice for just about any mobile device. [Source]
3. Portable GSM Rotary Phone
Yes, this is actually a fully functional GSM cell phone stuffed into an old rotary phone. It makes an interesting conversation piece to say the least.
“All you have to do is open the phone, insert your SIM card, and turn the unit on. The unit will utilize your phone number and account minutes. Phone can dial out using the rotary and will ring with the original metal bells with an incoming call”
2. Wearable Cell Phone Booth
Put simply, this wearable cell phone booth is one of the strangest accessories we’ve come across. Created by Jenny Chowdhury, it’s basically “a wearble object you can carry around with you and set up when you need a moment to talk”.
The project prompts people to take stock in how cell phone technology has altered the ways in which we communicate with each other and the environment surrounding us.
1. NES Controller Cell Phone Mod
Sam Garfield managed to cram a Nokia 3200 phone into a standard NES controller after countless hours of hacking. Even though this isn’t the prettiest mod, everything is fully functional — including the speaker and microphone.
The select and start buttons were easy, and I simply cut them into the shape I needed with a pair of scissors. The buttons can the be glued or taped into place. Just make sure they do not intrude into the inside space of the controller
Honorable Mention – Mobile Torch
Anyone who handles paper currency should give the Mobile Torch a try. This cell phone accessory is capable of detecting fake bank notes that are missing special watermarks normally invisible to the naked eye. It’s very compact (5.6 x 2.9 x 0.6 cm) and lasts for 20 hours on two replaceable CR1220 Lithium batteries.
“Widely used for checking the articles with fluorescence anti-fake symbol such as bank note, valuable papers, ID card, credit card, driving license, invoice and so on. – convenient operation – compact design – high quality with additional illumination function.”