The Cell Phone | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

The Cell Phone | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

Forty years ago this month, Martin Cooper placed the first ever cell phone call. In this video he looks back on his invention and explains that cell phones have a long way to go before they reach their potential.

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  1. Alex Lay on July 20, 2022 at 12:18 am

    So that’s why its called a CELL-phone. I always thought it was something to do with it being a phone powered by cells in a battery.
    Thank you Martin, and thank you PBS and David for making this.

  2. Holden Meyering on July 20, 2022 at 12:19 am

    I love how he talks about the siimplicity of a phone and how it should be easy to use and so he doesnt have a stupid iPhone! i think thats awesome

  3. William Toadsmasher on July 20, 2022 at 12:21 am

    These are the real inventors, not the black rip-offs.

  4. 1Messii on July 20, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Thank you for the Cell Phone!

  5. Nikolai Belinski on July 20, 2022 at 12:29 am

    He has a very Jobsian approach, it seems. Glad to see and hear about this guy.

  6. RandomTasck on July 20, 2022 at 12:31 am

    What a true visionary…

  7. heart eyes on July 20, 2022 at 12:39 am

    I was conceived and introduced shortly thereafter

  8. jbohler33 on July 20, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Another Friedman, wow. There are so many great people with the Friedman family name.

  9. iwasnothere2 on July 20, 2022 at 12:44 am


  10. WAYOFF production on July 20, 2022 at 12:52 am

    Great video. However I have to say I don’t agree with his definition of technology. For me it is something that is suppose to push the possibilities further. and cramming loads of things into one is a type of technological advancement. having all these functionalities on my smartphone helps me. But I do see where he is coming from. he most likely doesn’t use many functionalities of his phone. But some people, like me, do.

  11. Hayden Heun on July 20, 2022 at 12:53 am

    Im watching this on a motorola droid bionic

  12. Brien Malone on July 20, 2022 at 12:54 am

    A wonderful, brilliant, charming man who, by his closing words, is fascinatingly out of touch with the relevancy of his invention. The cell phone is the spark that drove the current age of mobile information. I hardly use my phone to talk but this little chunk of tech is in my hands all day and night because it feeds me information and entertainment on demand.

  13. Elias Burke on July 20, 2022 at 12:56 am

    I’d always heard of the man, even the first call. I’d never seen him though; simply awesome.

    Thank you PBS for helping make me not quite so ignorant a child. Add to that my thanks for continuing the job.

  14. David Fredlein on July 20, 2022 at 12:57 am

    I got to the credits and I was like HOLY CRAP I MADE THIS!!!! Oh, no wait I didnt thats not me haha

  15. Alex Lay on July 20, 2022 at 12:59 am

    And from a country where we don’t call them cell phones.

  16. ThisOneGuy on July 20, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Amazing, he invented CELL PHONES, a technology the revolutionised the way we interact with eachother. Also I would say he saved lives as well for SURE, allowing that connectivity, allowing people to be ANYWHERE and communicate he is truly amazing, convenient and important. I can’t believe I had never heard of this man before, or more like him who have made our lives vastly enhanced. I am in awe Sir, thank you for this amazing technology. Thank you very much.

  17. Nol Tendo on July 20, 2022 at 1:06 am

    I was with him until his old man rant started. At least once upon a time he had an open mind. 

  18. Christopher C on July 20, 2022 at 1:06 am

    A cell phone that reads your mind, this guy is definitely a forward thinker.

  19. Thranduil on July 20, 2022 at 1:07 am

    what a nice voice

  20. Caleb Liao on July 20, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Apple needs to hire this man.

  21. Traveling man on July 20, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Lookup Henry T.Sampson who invented the first digital Cellphone

  22. Ashwin Pathak on July 20, 2022 at 1:10 am


  23. Playing364 on July 20, 2022 at 1:11 am

    RPZ 2°4 Paul rey

  24. jeanpierre3930 on July 20, 2022 at 1:12 am

    I cetain that he made the earth as a borderless village and in the future times, we can talk
    (chat) with the habitants on the Mars

  25. mundotaku on July 20, 2022 at 1:13 am

    wow, just wow. You must be under 20.

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