The inventor of the first handheld mobile phone, Dr. Martin Cooper, said that the "Star Trek: The Original Series" communicator was his inspiration for the device. The communicators had two sections, a top that flips up and a bottom. The top contained a transceiver antenna while the bottom had user controls, a speaker and a microphone. Better than today’s mobile phones, they were able to stay connected without relying on satellites to transmit signals, and could also serve as emergency beacons.
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