Sometimes you get an idea in your head, and there’s no getting it out until you follow through. You do things on a whim because you feel like it, and maybe things work out. That’s basically the history of how How-To Geek came to be, and we’re guessing that’s why someone would stick a Nest Mini in a rotary phone. And you know what? Surprisingly, it works.
Apologies for the Auto-play video, we can’t stop it.
We don’t really know why Reddit user Movieman_75 decided he had to rip apart a rotary phone and stick a Nest Mini in it, but we’re glad he did. Because now that we’ve seen it, we want one.
In a video over on Reddit, Movieman_75 shows his working Nest Rotary phone, and it’s surprisingly good. Pick up the receiver, yell a command (the microphone doesn’t work through the receiver), and the Nest responds through the earpiece of the receiver. Of course, that means music doesn’t sound great, but we imagine weather results would be good.
Anyone who’s ever yelled, “Hey Google STOP!” at the top of their lungs to stop the music will like this next bit: to stop the audio, hang up the receiver. In a case where the Nest was playing music, hanging up will pause. If you pick up the receiver, the music starts again where it left off.
Movieman_75 says he plans to continue his modifications, and the hope is to cut off the microphone when you hang up the receiver too. Best microphone mute button ever. The rotary dial doesn’t do anything either, but that makes sense. What would you make them do? We’ll admit, there’s no good reason for a Google Nest Rotary Phone. But we don’t care; it’s fun and awesome. Now, all we need are instructions so we can make our own.