20 years ago first camera-phone photo taken
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Starting off with saying. “It was 20 years ago today,” immediately conjures up an image in one’s mind of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. But this time, “Image” is the operative word, as exactly two decades ago today, the first camera-phone photo was taken and shared – a feat we certainly take for granted today.

Philippe Kahn, a mathematician, technology innovator and entrepreneur took the photo. It was a picture of the birth of his daughter Sophie, now a university student, and he shared it with 2000 friends and family members around the world.

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Se cumplen 20 años de un bulo: la primera foto enviada con el móvil

Utilizar el móvil para enviar fotos es tan habitual que cuesta creer que hace unos años no fuera posible. Los momentos importantes, y los no tanto, ahora quedan inmortalizados a través de un sencillo gesto: desbloquear el smartphone, abrir la cámara, hacer la foto y subirla a redes sociales. Pero ¿quién fue el pionero?



Tak wyglądało pierwsze zdjęcie wykonane 20 lat temu aparatem w telefonie. Co uwieczniono?

20 lat temu Philippe i Sonia Kahn spędzili 18 godzin w szpitalu czekając na przyjście na świat swojej córki Sophie. Przyszły ojciec chciał zrobić zdjęcie swojej pierworodnej, jednak zamiast czekać na to, aż wróci do domu i pokaże swoją pociechę rodzinie i znajomym, postanowił rozpowszechnić zdjęcie jeszcze będąc w szpitalu. W 1997 roku nie było telefonów komórkowych z funkcją aparatu, więc ambitny wynalazca, postanowił takowy stworzyć.


20 éves a világ első mobilos fotója

1997. június 11-én Philippe Kahn egy észak-karolinai kórházban arra várt, hogy a felesége megszülje lányukat, Sophie-t. Mivel nem mehetett be a szülőszobába, az időt arra használta fel, hogy kitalálta, hogyan tudna a mobiltelefonja segítségével képet készíteni az újszülöttről, hogy azt egyből továbbíthassa is a barátainak. Mindezt persze egy olyan telefonnal, amellyel nem is lehetett fényképezni, és akkor, amikor az internet még bőven gyerekcipőben járt.



The Camera Phone is 20 Years Old!

When Philippe Kahn and his wife were expecting their first child, his plan was to photograph the event using his smartphone so he could share the event with friends and family. The only problem was that it was 1997 and smartphones hadn’t been invented yet. So, Kahn did what any mathematician / technological envelope-pusher would do: he shoehorned a miniature camera into a Motorola cell phone and—voilà!—on June 11, 1997, Kahn could share pictures of his newborn baby girl, Sophie, with about 2,000 friends and family members. You know where the story goes from here.

Though it’s difficult to imagine a world without “picture phones,” they began making cameo appearances in futuristic science-fiction films long before smartphones began decimating the bottom lines of camera manufacturers.

The very first wireless picturephone prototype, which was also known as the “Intellect,” was developed by Daniel Henderson, in 1993, but because the Internet was still in its infancy, there wasn’t much he could do with it—in comparison to the gymnastics modern smartphones can perform.

Apple’s Videophone made the rounds at trade shows, in 1995, along with other experimental devices from Kodak, Olympus, and Canon, but we had to wait until the year 2000 before we could step up to the counter and purchase one of our own.

Depending on whom you ask and how you define a “true” camera phone, the first commercially available camera-enabled phone was either the Samsung SCH-V200, which was introduced in June, 2000, or Sharp Electronics J-SH04 J-Phone, which was introduced 5 months later, in November of 2000.

Do you remember your first camera phone?