|This concept of a mobile phone devised in the 1950s looks like a stopwatch |
but includes many features that we take for granted today
This is the introduction of Robert Beason's feature, published in Mechanix Illustrated magazine:
'On some night in the future a young man walking along Market Street in San Francisco may suddenly think of a friend in Rome.
'Reaching into his pocket, he will pull out a watch-size disc with a set of buttons on one side. He will punch ten times.
'Turning the device over, he will hear his friend's voice and see his face on a tiny screen, in color and 3-D. At the same moment his friend in Rome will see and hear him. The disc will be a telephone, a miniature model equipped for both audio and video service.'