Marty Cooper – maybe you’ve heard of him and his little invention, the mobile phone – thinks modern smartphones are way too convoluted and that future phones will live behind your ear, under your skin. You think AT&T owns your arse now…
Just kidding. It wouldn’t be your arse, it’d be your ear, but more on that later.
On a slightly more serious note, Cooper really did invent the mobile phone, way back in 1973 while working for Motorola.
It was a time when Zack Morris phone jokes weren’t invented yet, but leaving a prototype phone in a bar would have still kicked your professional arse. You see, when Cooper was trucking around a mobile phone in 1973, it weighed nearly two kilos and cost approximately $US1 million for Motorola to produce. Battery life was a brisk 20 minutes. Order a pizza or do more QA testing? Choices!
Fast-forward to today, and Cooper is put off by the size of a smartphone’s instruction manual (often larger and heavier than the phone itself, he says), which he argues can require an engineer’s expertise to figure out.
No bother though, as Cooper predicts that in the not-so-distant future tiny mobile phone implants ill deliver calls from mum via the bony spots behind our ears.
“The mobile phone in the long range is going to be embedded under your skin behind your ear along with a very powerful computer who is in effect your slave.”
The wetware part I can see happening. The slave part too, but in reverse. I have way too many zombified Foursquare-playing friends at the moment to believe the human species will somehow become masters of their communications devices in the near future. [BBC]