STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES
The mobile phone
“Mobile phones have become a necessity in modern life with a plethora of features”
Something that everyone has in their pocket, mobile phones have become a necessity in modern life with a plethora of features. It’s unbelievable to think how far they have come since their initial invention in 1973.
The first mobile phone was a bulky, hefty phone that weighed 1.1 kilograms (2.4 pounds) and had a talk time of about 35 minutes. This was the Motorola DynaTAC, and at the time it would have cost thousands of pounds. The Motorola DynaTAC was invented by Martin Cooper, who led a team that created the first mobile phone in just 90 days.
A long-standing rumour was that Cooper got his inspiration from an episode of Star Trek in which Captain Kirk (William Shatner) used his communicator, a hand-held communications device. However, Cooper stated in an interview in 2015 that the original inspiration was from a comic strip called Dick Tracy, in which the character used a ‘wrist two-way radio’.
Although this may not have been the original inspiration, the fact that the mobile communication device appeared on television in 1967 in an episode from Star Trek: The Original Series (Series 2, Episode 5, The Apple) six years prior to the invention is remarkable.
The communicator was often used to communicate back to the USS Enterprise