I’m just feeling all kind of jolly. Three stories in one day. This invention: Kind of genius. I have a doorbell already, otherwise, I’d be all over it. Want one? Check out Brett Pipitone’s Kickstarter campaign here — he’ll reach his goal any minute now.
It’s a Vintage Rotary Phone! It’s a Doorbell! It’s Both!
Robomotive Laboratories’ Doorbell Phone brings analog charm to digital world
Long before smart phones, dumb phones, or even touch-tone phones there were rotary phones. These devices weren’t defined by their features or software but by their beauty. Rotary phones were meant to be displayed as central fixtures in homes and businesses, and one needs only to search the term “rotary phone” in Etsy to see just how stunning these designs could be. Fortunately we’ve found a way to make these wonderful devices useful again with the Robomotive Laboratories Doorbell Phone, now on Kickstarter.
The Doorbell Phone converts any analog wired phone into a wireless doorbell. The phone is plugged into the Doorbell Module, the module is plugged into the wall, and the wireless doorbell button will ring the phone. No modification is required to the phone. The Doorbell Phone Basic Package contains a wireless doorbell button, the Doorbell Module, and the power adaptor. The complete package adds a brand new vintage style rotary phone, available in black, red, pink or ivory.
Both packages have Multi-Button variants, which include a second doorbell button. One button will ring the phone with a standard US ring, while the other rings a standard UK ring. The multi-button packages are not only perfect for homes, but small businesses and shared office spaces as well. Mounting the doorbell button is a breeze. Both double sided tape and screws are provided, and either will work to mount the button.
Another great feature is the Off-Hook Mute function. If you take the phone off the hook it won’t ring and you won’t be interrupted. It’s great for parents with small kids or by-appointment businesses.
Robomotive Laboratories says that Doorbell Phone prototypes are running with all the production electronics, but on a prototype circuit board. The Kickstarter funding will be used to order production boards and enclosures. The Doorbell Phone starts at $75 on Kickstarter, and Robomotive Laboratories plans to start shipping in January.
The Kickstarter campaign ends December 20, so there is still plenty of time to back the project and be the first to get the Doorbell Phone. You can back the project here.