Remember payphones? Feels like a hundred years ago, doesn’t it? Well it was, it was actually a hundred years ago when AT&T tore the last payphone off an outside wall at a 7-11, its phonebook stolen long before by hoodlums who burnt it in an alleyway. My God we’re old. Older than dirt? Not quite, dirt is actually almost two hundred years old. This is the Kickstarter campaign for the Smooth Operator smartphone dock by Hearty Hardware, inspired by the pay phone stalls of yesteryear. Available with ($90) or without ($50) a wireless charging base (in case you want to use your own), it has a nightlight that illuminates the ‘Phone’ sign, powered by 2 AA batteries and operated via a tap on the top. Sure brings back memories, doesn’t it? Waiting by the pay phone in the McDonald’s parking lot, making sure nobody else tries to use it until your girlfriend calls to tell you she’s leaving the house now and to come pick her up at the end of the block so you can run away and start your new lives together. “Wait, what?” Well I never got that call. “She get cold feet?” I may never know, turns out I was at Burger King.
Keep going for a couple gifs of the pay phone in action, and their Kickstarter video.