Happy 40th birthday Mobile Phones!
Forty years ago a man was strolling through New York City holding a strange device in his hand. The contraption weighed well over a kilogram and resembled a white brick of commendable size that for a strange reason had some buttons attached to it. Then, in a move which probably surprised every onlooker, the man placed the device near his ear and started talking into it.
At that point, I am pretty sure that if a van from the loony bin happened to roll by him, he would have ended up in a white shirt with longer than normal sleeves. This entire scene which seemed at least peculiar at that time was actually the first call made from a mobile device. The gadget was the DynaTAC 8000x and the man carrying it was Motorola Manager, Martin Cooper.
So, it’s been 40 years since the 3rd of April, 1973 and what a long strange trip it’s been. Fueled by software development, mobile development has come a long way from its roots and it now offers us an entire world and an entire world of information at our fingertips. We can safely say that the gadgets we use today as phones are actually computing powerhouses that also happen to make phone calls.
As for the gadgets of yesterday, well, let’s have a look at DynaTAC’s specifications. Its dimensions were 13(h) x 1.8(w) x 3.5(d) and it came in only one color, white. It was Energy Star compliant and boasted a mono speaker the likes of which was never seen before. Oh, and let’s not forget the antenna which was extendable because, you know, dimensions were important and the phone had to be kept small.
“ How much did this bad boy cost ? “ you wonder ? I’m sure glad you asked. It was almost 4k dollars, $3995 to be more exact. And you’ve thought your iPhone is a status symbol ? The iPhone has nothing on this bad mother and his 2.5 pounds of awesomeness.
So today, 40 years later, on behalf of the human race everybody here at Developers Global would like to salute Marty Cooper and the DynaTAC 8000x. Thank you for one of the most important technologies of the last century and Happy Birthday!