We should all thank Dr. Martin Cooper each and every day. If it wasn’t for this fine gentleman, we would have never been able to carry workable phones in our hip holsters. However, it seems that Dr. Cooper has fallen behind on the times, because he dislikes the iPhone and other smartphones. He wants them to be simpler.
Dr. Cooper was the lead engineer of the Motorola team that went on to develop the world’s first cell phone. It was a technological marvel at the time, to say the least, and it ushered in the everything from the Zack Morris to the RAZR. However, he finds that modern phones have gotten far too complicated and complex.
The now 80-year-old Cooper doesn’t like the inclusion of digital cameras, accelerometers, and MP3 players. He doesn’t like the complexity of the iPhone’s touchscreen or App Store. He’d much prefer a dedicated device just for phone calls.
He said during a conference in Madrid that “whenever you create a universal device that does all things for all people, it does not do any things well. OUr future I think is a number of specialist devices that focus on one thing that will improve our lives.”
While I think we all appreciate Dr. Cooper’s contribution to our now ubiquitous digital lifestyles, I think we all agree that he’s behind the times. Specialist devices? Sorry, we’re all for convergence now, right?