Soviet-era Bluetooth-ified phone

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Soviet-era Bluetooth-ified phone

Brano Meres, a Slovakian industrial designer and engineer says of his Bluetooth-equipped Red Army phone:
This is the first Soviet army phone from the 1960’s to be equipped with Bluetooth technology. It was intended for use as a Bluetooth headset with my mobile phones. To redesign this phone, Titanium and high quality wires from dismantled Scud missiles were used.

The phone is equipped with a multifunction button (Power on/off, answer/end calls), volume up/down button, two LED indicator lights and a connector for charging the battery.

Bluetooth Soviet army phone (October 2007) – [via] Link

8 thoughts on “Soviet-era Bluetooth-ified phone

  1. BigD145 says:

    Excellent phone. This one needs one of those tool belts that hold power drills in order to carry on the run.

    I’m still trying to find an old 19th-20th century handset in good condition for this sort of hack. They exist, but are outside my price range.

  2. Sleepydog says:

    Those handsets are beautiful.
    BigD, would these be any less expensive?

  3. gadget says:

    Fantastic. This is to exact type of thing that I’m looking to add to my new site. I’m guessing there will be a power issue for phones sourced from outside of the UK though.

    BigD. Check out in a few weeks and let me know exactly what you’re after.

  4. gadget says:

    Sorry, that should have been – doh!

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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