The First Handheld Cell Phone Call
YouTube / PBS Inventors
40 years ago, Martin Cooper made the first call from a handheld cellular telephone (and he made it quick, because the 2-pound "brick" could only manage about 20-30 minutes of talk time). Working at Motorola at the time, Cooper decided to call a competitor at Bell Labs and rub it in a bit. In this short video, you'll hear Cooper describe his invention, plus his thoughts about how cell phones have changed over the years.
Representative quote: "If you try to build a device that does all things for all people...it won't do any of them very well. I think that's where we are with cell phones today." Enjoy: