Just recently, British telecommunication firm O2 collaborated with designer Sean Miles asking her to devise some solution for salvaging discarded handsets from landfills and converting them into fully functional phones again. The move further aimed to encourage people to recycle their gadgets, as part of the O2 Recycle camapign. Sean, accordingly, suggested integrating recycled mobile phones into vintage shoes, so that people could hold a shoe to their face or smell leather as they talk. Jokes apart, the campaign dubbed Walkie Talkies will pay up to £260 to those who’d prefer recycling their gadgets rather than sending them to the landfill.
Sean embedded old Nokia and LG handsets into the soles of Christian Louboutin heel, a classic men’s brogue, a Nike Air trainer and a Hunter Wellingtons to create four novel designs. Aside from offering itself as a weird yet green gadget, each shoe phone would serve as an artwork that could be carried anywhere.
Further, if you wish to lay your hands on any of these gadgets or want to see them in person, what you need to do is stay tuned until Sean puts them on display at a planned exhibition in March. Anyhow, who doesn’t need a device to “raise a smile and perhaps a laugh?”