By Cory Doctorow at 2:57 pm Fri, Feb 15, 2013
When I was eight, this is exactly what I believed all devices would someday resemble.
The future is pink and dial-up.
She really looks like an assassin. I’m pretty sure that that little button nose shoots laser beams.
She looks about twelve years old to me. Perfect disguise for an agent of SMERSH.
You know what’s funny? Any one of us could build this from junk parts today. (OMG! Why am I not doing it??)
Oh I dunno, she looks pretty advanced to me. Maybe the briefcase thing, though.
What’s that thing on her head?
Under the hat? That would be her hair.
My first thought, too – “man, now I really have to step up my search for old briefcases and IBM mechanical keyboards, I’ve finally got a *reason* to get them”.
You can have any ringtone you want, as long as it’s The Blue Danube.
Kubrick? I was thinking a prop from a Gerry Anderson show.
Except that the handset would be about 14 inches long.
That’s what he said.
It’s an impressively thin CRT. Very futuristic.
They were making thinner CRTs … here’s one from the Sony Watchman.
And yet it doesn’t have a flat screen.
HELL0? WHAT? I’M IN OUTER SPACE! OUTER SPACE! WHAT? NO, IT’S RUBBISH. IT’S DARK AND COLD. CIAO!
I miss the future. The one we got sucks.
Please select the service you require from the following four options….
I’m sorry I didn’t get that. I’m going to have to cut you off.
“Future” may not be available as shown,
“Future” not available in parts of India, Asia, Central, and South America.
Individual fates may vary.
Pretty sure I have that selfsame model of briefcase, though in a fab late-seventies shade of chocolate brown. But it’s very slipslidey. I don’t know how she’s keeping hers perched on that bus station seat. I couldn’t balance mine on my lap without spilling my briefs all over the damn place.
Didn’t something like that turn up in Mission: Impossible?
An early iPhone prototype, circa 1967.
It is rectangular, with rounded corners.
Shiny metal edges
It looks like if the handset is actually placed in the cradle that the case will not come anywhere near closing.
The New 1968 Lug-o-Phone Parisienne comes with all the features that today’s unmarried stewardess demands, including our revolutionary BulkTech Anti-latch system to prevent unsightly closure. Remember, ladies, an open case means you’re always ready for the next caller.
You are a marketing crap ninja.
I do not own a cell phone precisely because they do not look like this.
She stole the nuclear “football” from the President!
I would give my left nut to have that for my cell phone.
Or maybe Don Adams’ shoe.
“Your call is important to us…”
“I’m sorry, you’ll have to speak up; I’m wearing a beret.”
Reminiscent (or precursor…) of Oscar Goldmans exploding briefcase:
Best toy ever when I was a kid.
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