The man who imagined, visualized and invented the first wireless cell phone was inspired by none other than Star Trek’s venerated Captain Kirk.
Martin Cooper is 85 years old. Forty years ago, he made the first call from a completely wireless cell phone, igniting a trend that would change our world. Using a 2.5 pound, awkward device he called “the brick,” Cooper made an historic call to Bell Labs from a street in downtown New York in 1973. Cooper knew this was just the beginning of a wireless world.
“Just suppose that you could do a physical examination, not every year, which people do and which is almost worthless, but every minute, because you’re connected, and because we have devices that you can put on your body that measure virtually everything on your body. If you could be sensing your body all the time and anticipate a disease before it happens,” Cooper said.
The device Cooper envisions would scan and report any problems in the body, and instruct the user on how to heal them.
In addition to his many other patents, Cooper recently invented the Jitterbug, a large-key phone designed for seniors and those who want a no-frills, easy to see device. He believes in personalized devices suited for individual needs, as opposed to the “one size fits all” concept.
Cooper’s brilliant career includes leadership positions at Motorola and AT&T, collaboration with the FTC, his own company called “Dyna,” as well as a number of books, publications and awards. He stays focused on the future and the potential of wireless communications and speculates that we are only now just getting started, saying, “If we don’t blow ourselves up, this is going to be a really wonderful world.”
While you’re out shopping for mobile devices and accessories for that special father in your life, take a moment to remember Martin Cooper, a man who fathered what may be the most important technology of our time. And make sure Dad’s new phone is protected with the most powerful mobile security available.
Here’s to fathers of all kinds.