Marty Cooper's Cellphone
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Marty Cooper




Allows users to communicate over distance between disparate items


User’s surroundings become more block-like and obstructive


Proximity an object with a device connected to the phone

Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

August 17, 2001


Origin[edit | edit source]

Marty Cooper is the inventor of the first mobile phone, considered as the father of the modern cellphone. His groundbreaking work began when he started working for Motorola. He wanted a way for people to communicate to each other without being limited by location. The company was enamored with the idea and went through with the design process. After many years of development and millions of funds, Cooper finally unveiled the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X to the public. Priced at nearly $4000 in 1984, the phone took 10 hours to charge for 30 minutes of call time and was considered lightweight and portable for the times. It symbolized wealth and forward thinking when it first premiered but later became a brick shaped monstrosity as circuitry progressed into smaller formats.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Any call from the phone can reach most mobile devices in existence, even if there should be exist connection between the two. Each phone in the call can turn any object it touches into a long distance communicator. When the user compiles a message with one object, it will send it immediately to the other. For example, touching a candle and wallpaper can cause words scratched into the paper to appear as complex shadows from the light. Each user’s surroundings will turn more block like, looking bulkier, larger and generally getting in the way more often.

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