Forget digital. The phone of the future will be mechanical. As flat, touchscreen slabs like the iPhone make our lives more virtual, a half-dozen guys from the luxury watch world are trying to drag mobile phones back onto the physical plane with the first completely micro-mechanical mobile phone, in which every function would operate mechanically through human energy. “We want to take the useful functions of the cell phone and try to re-think them, and re-create them in a mechanical way,” Celsius X VI II co-founder Alejandro Ricart said. I haven’t dealt with a lot of companies like this. They intend to sell products in the dozens, not the millions, and build them on principle, not for mass consumption. Celsius’ first phone, the LeDIX, costs $300,000, and the company only intends to make 50 of them in two limited-edition versions.
This x ray image is the only photo of the phone released by Celsius X VI II.