Exactly 40 years ago, on April 3, 1973 former Motorola vice president and division manager Martin Cooper stood in front of the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue and did something special.
He made a cell phone call.
It was the first call in the history of mobile phone technology. As the story goes, he called the head of research at a competitor company which was also working on a cell phone.
The action earned Cooper the label “father of the mobile phone.” He went on to projects that included new handheld devices for police and the invention of the DynaTAC – a 2.2 lbs predecessor to the smartphones of today. When the first commercial cell phones hit the market, you’d pay about $3,500 to get your hands on one. Today, while the prices for these devices vary, they are amazingly affordable for both individuals and business.
CNET notes that Cooper “remains a revered figure in the cell phone industry.” Understandably, he may be a little more well-known in tech circles than among safety professionals. But for safety directors and managers who’ve integrated the use of smartphones into workplace safety and compliance programs, Cooper’s first call is a milestone worth recognizing. Read More