Fatherhood Invented The Camera Phone

By N Mark Castro

You may have your fancy DSLR. You may have your tripods. Or your tablets. But insofar as the point-and-shoot is concerned, the camera is dead.

And replaced by the Camera Phone.

What many of you may not know is that the first camera phone was invented because of fatherhood, because of one man’s obsession to immediately share to family and friends that arrival of his child.

Meet Philippe Kahn, then a software engineer who simply wanted to share the images of his newly-born child.

Pulling out our phones, snapping a photo and posting it for all our friends to see has become such  a normal part of our daily lives that it’s tough to believe that it was only 10 years ago that the first commercial mobile camera phone came into existence.

None of your mobile photo apps would come into existence now: Instagram, Path, Shutterfly, Flickr, and even Facebook plug-in would be possible without Kahn’s invention.

Armed with a Motorola StarTAC with an add-on Casio camera and his computer laptop as big as a PC (this was in 1997, remember), he struggled inside his car to find a way to share his daughter’s birth to family and friends. He didn’t think it could or would work. His wife was due to give birth anytime soon, until he saw the solution from his car radio.

As an engineer, he realized that he could rewire the radio car’s cables, attach it to his phone and insert it to his computer to act both as a conduit and as a modem.

And that gave birth to the first-ever camera phone that allowed instant sharing.

And gave birth to the first picture ever shared with the birth of Philippe Kahn’s daughter’s with 2,000 people.

Imagine what lengths a father would do for his child.

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on January 23, 2013, in Fatherhood, General and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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