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Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. On 3 April 1973 Martin Cooper, a Motorola engineer and executive, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment in front of reporters, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.


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The picture they used is kind of jarring. Also, that shot of Picard holding the PADD is from at least season 3 (no lines on the shoulders of his uniform, which only existed in season 1 and 2) so that year would be 1989 at least. Of course, they did have PADDs in the first season as well.


/geek mode




...just kidding, geek mode never turns off.

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Most of the technology was based on science fiction stuff like Star Trek. That's actually what made it so cool.


If you think about it though, a lot of the people who made this stuff were nerds and nerds liked Star Trek as a kid, so they'd love this stuff. Plus, making it look like the stuff from Star Trek just made it that much more awesome.

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