Cellphone inventor Martin Cooper: Smartphones aren't optimal
Walking down the street, sixth avenue in New York... I said, 'This is Marty Cooper. I'm calling you on a cellphone.'- Martin Cooper making the first ever call on a cellphone
The race to space may have captured headlines in the 50's and 60's, but by the 70's a new contest had begun -- the one to dominate the world of personal communications. And by the 80's, commercials for "cellular radio telephones" hit the airwaves.
Ads for cellular phones successfully predicting a communication revolution. But even tech pioneers couldn't have predicted the cellphone's far-reaching effects on our lives.
Today, as part of our project Ripple Effect, we explore the unintended consequences of the cellphone and ask where it's successor the smartphone is headed next.
Martin Cooper is a man known as the "father of the cellphone," He and his team at Motorola are credited with making the first portable cellphone. Martin Cooper was in Del Mar, California.
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Did the cellphone create a ripple effect in your life? How would you like smartphones to evolve?
This segment was produced by The Current's Sarah Grant.