All About Space - - Sci-fi Tech - Re­lease date: 1966 Cre­ated by: Gene Rod­den­berry

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

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