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English Subtitles

The basic issue is that people are fundamentally mobile

So the idea of having wires to make a conversation is really not very natural

My name is Marty Cooper

I conceived of and introduced the first portable

oh excuse me

hello, oh hi George

George I'm really tied up at the moment

Do you mind if I call you back?

Oh thank you so much

Bye now

As I was saying

I conceived of and introduced the first cellular telephone in April 1973

Now the concept of cellular telephony is really very simple

It breaks the city up into a into a lot of small areas which being engineers we had to come up with a new name and we called themselves

And the second concept is being able to move from one cell to another and having a continuous conversation

The first public cellular call was made in New York

I was with Motorola at that time and I thought a dramatic thing to do was to call my counterpart at AT&T

So I dialed the phone and I said 'hi Joel'

'It's Marty Cooper'

He said hi Marty

I said 'I'm calling you from my cell phone'

And there was silence at the other end of the line

The idea for the shape of the first phone started out with me approaching Motorola's design group

I told them that I wanted to have a really dazzling design

And two weeks later they had a flip phone, they had a slider phone

But we selected this phone because it was simple

What's important about any technology is that the technology is hopefully invisible but at least transparent and maybe intuitive

Think about it

The purpose of technology is to make your life better

Most cellphones don't do that very well

In fact, they force us to become engineers, to learn a bunch of new things

And we shouldn't have to do that

The ideal phone would be one where I would just talk to the phone, or maybe the phone would read my mind, and it would do things to make my life better

And we all have all these complicated phones

And they all try to be universal

If you try to build a device that does all things or people, it won't do any of them very well

So I think that's where we are with cellphones today

Introduction

Who invented the mobile phone ('Cell phone' in American English), and what does he think about the current generation of smartphones?  Another excellent video from the PBS inventor series. 

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