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Apr 22 2008   1:11PM GMT

Overheard: Voice is a real-time application

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

brick.jpg The photo is of Martin Cooper demonstrating the first portable cellular telephone on April 3, 1973. Yes, he’s the guy we can all thank for inventing the cell phone.

The phone he’s holding is the classic Motorola Dynatac 8000. (DynaTAC is an accronym for Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage.) The phone became available commercially on March 6, 1983 and only cost $3,995! Because it weighed almost two pounds, the phone quickly got the nickname “the brick.”

A younger generation knows the phone as the “Zack Morris phone.” Zack Morris was a teenage character on a U.S. TV show called “Saved by the Bell.” The character, played by actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, was frequently seen with his mobile phone.  Gosselaa recently made a guest appearance on the Jimmy Fallon late-night show and recreated his character.  (The show Saved by the Bell has a cult following.)

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