The Alexaphone is a fusion between the beautiful, architectural telephones of the past and the voice interfaces of the present. We love the style and craftsmanship of old telephones and wanted to give them new life, while simultaneously modifying modern tech to be more user-protective. The Alexaphones are also a critique on the tradeoff of convenience over privacy; the microphone is physically disconnected until you’ve picked up the handset.
We try to modify the original telephones as little as possible. We see the reviving process of each Alexaphone as a unique piece of art, requiring hours of repair, reconstruction, and creative engineering. They retain a weight and presence that we rarely experience in our modern, cost-optimized lives.
With the Alexaphone, you interact with Alexa through an interface that feels fundamentally human. It is a higher quality experience that also invites us to question our relationship with machines that can, at times, feel alive.
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