Baby's arrival inspired birth of Camera phone

27 January 2007 by axxxr
The Iventor of the camera phone Philippe Kahn's story of the origin of the phone-cam started when his wife, Sonia Lee, roared at him while spending 18 hours in labor.

As his wife's labor went on, Kahn started fiddling with his hardware and writing code to glue it together. "I had time to make a couple trips to RadioShack to get soldering wire," Philippe Kahn says. "I just stayed in the room and made that thing work."

By the time he was holding his newborn daughter, Kahn could use his jury-rigged contraption to take a digital photo and wirelessly post it for his friends and family.

Motorola was in the process of buying Starfish, and Kahn says he first showed his invention to his new boss. But Motorola was just getting a new CEO (Chris Galvin) and embarking on one of the most ill-fated projects in global corporate history (the Iridium satellite phone system). Motorola passed on the cell phone camera.

Kahn formed a new company, LightSurf, to build and market PictureMail - a back-end system that would let a camera phone take a photo and send it somewhere. The first version came out in Japan in 1999, helping spur the Japanese to make the earliest cell-cams. Motorola and Nokia ended up being late to the Camera phone game." source:usatoday wikipedia

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On 30 Jan 03:20 Evilchap wrote
On 29 Jan 09:53 shinbo wrote
without him, we may not have video call and cell phone might be taken for granted. thanks a lot Dude!!!!
On 29 Jan 05:50 PierreDarbeau wrote
You know something, unlike Gates, the guy actually built something and made it open. I say that's the kind of people we want to see as role models. Great story.
On 29 Jan 02:37 Al wrote
He might look like a goon, but he got a girl AND got her knocked up! And he's hopefully made a fortune off his invention.

So, he's kind of like me. Except I have better looks and less money.
On 28 Jan 21:38 Rosco wrote
Thanks man!!!
Whats next on your to do list?????
On 28 Jan 19:00 Mukul wrote
Thanks a lot dude ....
On 28 Jan 11:48 Porcupine wrote
Damn, some of you are real nice... --_--
On 28 Jan 09:13 Nick wrote
Thanks, but eventually someone else would have put a camera in a phone. Dosn't take a genius to think up that ides.

Thanks anyways
On 28 Jan 07:00 Ranjith wrote
yeah thanks a lot!!!!
On 28 Jan 04:23 andre wrote
many thanks to him
On 28 Jan 02:05 saddam wrote
Yeh the Goon that gave you and the world your camera phone! lol
On 28 Jan 00:46 lol wrote
Check him out he looks like a right goon!

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