Motherboard spends a day with Martin Cooper, the father of the first-ever portable,
handheld cell phone. The first public cellular telephone call, April 3, 1973.
The handheld mobile phone has changed the lives of more people than any other
innovation. Martin Cooper will discuss the nature of this revolution, its beginnings,
and his vision of the impending revolutions that the hand-held phone will engender.
The impact of future wireless mobile technology will be far greater than what has
happened. Cooper is a pioneer and visionary in the wireless communications industry.
With eleven patents in the field, he is recognized as an innovator in radio spectrum
management. While at Motorola in the 1970s, he conceived the first handheld mobile
phone and led the team that developed it and brought it to market. He is considered
the “father of the cell phone” and is also cited as the first person in history to make a
handheld cellular phone call in public.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events
that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks
video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small
group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently
organized TED event. TedTalk November 12, 2013
TEDx Del Mar – Martin Cooper on The Big Picture Future – Wireless Technologies –
June 2, 2010