Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nikola Tesla predicted mobile phones in 1909

It turns out that the legendary inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla (1856 to 1943) predicted mobile phones in 1909. In an interview with the New York Times (pictured below), published in Popular Mechanics, Tesla states that "It will soon be possible, for instance, for a business man in New York to dictate instructions and have them appear in type in London or elsewhere. He will be able to call from his desk and talk with any telephone subscriber in the world. It will only be necessary to carry an inexpensive instrument no bigger than a watch, which will enable its bearer to hear anywhere on sea or land for distances of thousands of miles." Read the full Popular Mechanics article from 1909 below.

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  1. Not surprising man, this guy was very forward thinking. We're just now getting wireless power (or at least studying it), but he experimented with it years ago.

  2. This is amazing. Just think of what we would be using instead of cell phones if they had them back then.

  3. He was a smart ass mutha funka.

  4. Tesla was so ahead of his time, people thought he was a wizard, lol.

  5. Imagine if he lived now, the things he could do....MIND = BLOWN!

  6. mind=blown


  7. The guy was in anothe league back then. followed.
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  9. He was so ahead of time! I'm proud he is from my country! Sucks that the US took most of his patents and never revealed them :/

  10. Nikola Tesla, the human genius. Tesla > Einstein, even though he fell in love wiht a pigeon lady

  11. Read this before but always nice to read again.


  12. Nikola Tesla is the greatest human being that has ever lived, sad he died unknown


  13. Awesome, that guy was a genius!


  14. Very interesting. I also read a while back that the first mentioning of a hyperlink was in the 20's or 30's.

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