To spice up the competition, Cooper used the Dyna-TAC prototype, which weighed 2.5 pounds and was 11 inches long, to call out his rival at AT&T-owned Bell Labs.
“The only thing I was worried about was ‘Will this work?’ And he did it,” she said.
The call helped jump-start the cell phone revolution, but looking back on that day, Cooper acknowledges, “we had no way of knowing that this was the historic moment.”
‘You eat food, you create energy. Why not have this receptor for your hearing embedded under your skin, powered by your body?’
Inventor of the mobile phone Martin Cooper
He spent the better part of the next decade working to bring a commercial version of the device to market, helping launch the wireless communications industry and with it a global revolution in the way we communicate, shop, and learn about the world. .
Still, Cooper said he’s “not crazy” about the shape of modern smartphones, blocks of plastic, metal and glass. He believes that phones will evolve so that they are “distributed in his body,” perhaps as sensors “that measure his health at all times.”
The batteries could even be replaced by human power.
“You eat food, you create energy. Why not have this receptor for your ear embedded under your skin, powered by your body? she imagined her.
Dreaming of what the future could look like, Cooper is attuned to today’s industry challenges, particularly when it comes to privacy.
In Europe, where there are strict data privacy rules, regulators are concerned about apps and digital ads that track user activity, allowing technology and other companies to create comprehensive user profiles.
“It will be resolved, but not easily,” Cooper said. “Now there are people who can justify measuring where you are, where you are making your phone calls, who you call, what you access on the Internet.”
Children’s smartphone use is another area that needs limits, Cooper said. One idea is to have “multiple websites curated for different audiences.”
Five-year-olds should be able to use the Internet to help them learn, but “we don’t want them to have access to pornography and things they don’t understand,” he said.
As for his own use of the phone, Cooper says he checks email and looks up information online to resolve dinner arguments.
However, “there are a lot of things I haven’t learned yet,” he said. “I still don’t know what TikTok is.”
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