Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Marty Cooper

communicator.pngAnybody remember watching Captain Kirk beam down to the planet Janus VI and talk back to his ship on this tiny flip-open device without wires? Or Captain Picard using this tiny badge-thing stuck to his shirt that did the same thing? Remember thinking how cool that would be?

Turns out, Marty Cooper did think that, and invented the first mobile phone. I never realized the two were connected...

A concrete example of science fiction inspiring *real* world inventions. So instead of Star Trek reminding us of cellphones now, we should be thanking it for them.

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