Antique phones lovingly retrofitted with Alexa functionality
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Artisan maker Dick Whitney modifies beautiful antique phones to offer Amazon Echo functionality. His goal with the “Alexaphones” and other creations is to “combine classical design and usability with the most salient elements of your modern world.” Unlike other spying smart speakers, Alexaphone only listens when you lift the handset. Absolutely stunning work.
Secure. Alexa can only hear you when the handset is off the receiver; all of the microphones are physically disconnected otherwise, so youre not depending on a mute button to be trustworthy.
Speaker Compatible. Each Alexaphone comes with a 1/8″ auxiliary out port, so you can connect it to your home speakers.
The Lights Of The Future. Status LEDs are carefully made visible in a way unique to each phone, striving for minimal disruption of the original aesthetic. Know when your Alexaphone is connected, listening, and more.
The Sounds Of The Past. On some phones weve been able to preserve or rebuild the antique earpiece electronics, so youll hear the original voice of the phone.
Easy Setup. Just plug in the USB power cable and set up with the Alexa app.
Uncompromised Experience. These works of art function with your Alexa app and any of Alexas skills.