Even with all of the new stuff we have to play around with, a subset of people will get bored with it and start mining the past for old stuff to combine with the new. Which is why we have the "new" Camaro, an A-Team movie starring Liam Neeson, and the items you see below.
Making the blog rounds is this iRetrofone Base that pipes your cell phone through an old-school receiver. You can even buy a "dialer" app to turn the screen into a rotary dial. The charging solution is a little inelegant, but that's because it was designed to be used with different cell phones, not just Apple's.
A step less sophisticated is the Moshi Moshi 01H Handset, which plugs into your iPad or what have you. It doesn't make sense for on-the-go chatting, but it's a good solution for those who Skype at their desks and crave the feel of the analogue receiver.
But this week's winner for combining an old tech with new doesn't have to do with phones, but with film, as presented by shooter Aditya Mandayam:
Laptopograms are images made by pressing photosensitive paper onto a laptop screen and flashing an image in a manner not unlike contact printing or photograms.
'Laptopogram' is a misnomer - I reckon they can be made with pretty much any monitor. Perhaps 'Luminous Screen Emulsion Transfers' is a better. Here, however, the negative is a digital image - and is flashed for a little time onto the paper before developing the image in a darkroom.