The Inspiration for The Cell Phone
‘Star Trek’ has been more than entertainment. There are various aspects of the series that allow us into the insight of the ‘future possible’. In one such episode, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock spoke to each other. But, this is via a hand-held device from remote locations. As a result, people’s imagination goes wild. This, in the ’60s, was nothing less than a miracle. Imagine a device that allowed you to speak to anyone across the world while you ‘moved’! The possibility of such an occurrence was nothing short of a miracle if you lived in the 1960s. Meanwhile, the general public had to make do with the ‘imagination’ of a ‘phone you could move about with.
The Network and the Mobile Phone
Elsewhere at a certain ‘Bell Laboratories’ the phenomenon was already much underway. During the World War, the ‘fast-contact’ through two-way radio phones is being used. But this is exclusive to only the military. These are bulky apparatuses that need a specific expert to manage it and operate. This works only through a private network. The general public had to still wait for the ‘cell phone’.
Meanwhile, a young engineer by the name Martin Cooper was working as an executive in Motorola. He was by no means a ‘regular guy’. Cooper is always Brimming with an un-exhaustible source of energy. A constant sense of inspiration from the environment inspires him with the idea of a ‘cell phone. ’ He is well on his way to developing it. The technology of the low-power transmission is already in existence. This could carry calls across a certain ‘network’. But the idea has stagnated at this point.
The Early Cellphone
Meanwhile, Martin Cooper and his team propel this ‘theory’. Thus, the first-ever ‘mobile phone’ comes to existence. This is a 1.1 Kilogram and 9 inches long handheld device called ‘Motorola DynaTac 8000x’ in the year 1973. This is the ‘Brick’. The first-ever phone is heavy, to say the least, but it sure represented wealth, power, and money.
The cost of this first ‘handset’ is around $10,000 in today’s standards. It further gains popularity through the movie ‘Wall Street’. In it, Michael Douglas’s character owns the cell phone and walks about using it. As a result, this further attests to it as a symbol of ultimate power. This was in the year 1987, almost four years after the public launch of mobile phones. It took Martin Cooper over a decade to develop his idea into a reality before he could launch the product.
“Hello! Joel. It’s Me”
Martin took to himself to prove the efficiency of his invention. What better than the street of New York, where the world got together? The passersby are, dazzled, and scared. Was this a ‘man from tomorrow’? They had never seen a gadget you could talk to and this amazed the general public. But, the publicity paid-off. After a decade long trial and an investment of 100 million dollars by Motorola, results show. This is the historic moment when Martin Cooper dials-up Joel S Engel who is the head of the cellular program at AT&T. On the other side of the line, Joel is in disbelief and considers this to be a prank. The first of its kind. But, the prank is a rude one. AT&T is a rival company and had lost the race into developing the first-ever cellular device.
“We knew that people didn’t want to talk to cars, or houses, or offices; they want to talk to other people. What we believed was that the telephone number should be a person rather than a location.” Declared Martin Cooper.
Cooper is able to progress the Cellular Technology from theory to practice in ‘less time’. In a relative sense of Science-time graph, this is quick. He wants to give the public a mode of communication that was all personal. It has a personal number that was unique to the user. This is accessible from anywhere in the world. He envisioned a ‘Cell phone’ that connected person to person within minutes.
THE PRESENT PAST & THE FUTURE
Martin Cooper was riding high on his massive achievement. It would be an understatement to say that his invention had caused a massive leap in the era and pushed mankind to the present-day-future in no time. One had never imagined such a device that could connect through the ‘tapping up of selective frequency bands’ by the network lines placed in areas selectively divided in to ‘cells’. One could easily connect from one ‘Cell’ to another using the ‘mobile phone’ and talk to a dear one sitting halfway across the earth.
The major leap took place by the early 1990s and in no time the cell phone was an ‘essential’ in every corner, every home, and every human. One thing Martin had never imagined was that the cell phone would grow to be a gadget required by both the young and the old alike.
Cellphone Goes Smart
The phenomenon underwent a massive ‘atomic explosion’ and currently, about five billion cell phone users are scattered across the world. There has been no looking back ever since. The ‘cellphone technology’ soon sets the imagination wild. Various brands leap manufacturing innovations. In no time various handsets are introduced. The idea is to ‘ease the use’. The latest models are sleeker and lighter. This is when Android is introduced. As a result, the cell phone is virtually at the ‘tip of your fingers’. It allows the user to ‘swipe’ rather than punch the keys. The masses love it and it is a rage. Moreover, the technology is further enhanced with new software. The cellphone soon emerge into ‘smartphones’. This leads to the onset of ‘smart technology’.
Today, at age 85, Martin and his wife are owners of Greatcall’s famous Jitterbug and a net worth of 600 million dollars. When asked about his preferences, he confesses on liking the simpler models of the mobile phones; but that does not stop him from changing his mobile phone every month
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