Another item happened 50 years ago this past week. Motorola’s Marty Cooper punched in a phone number, and hit send on the first cell phone call. He reached out to his counterpart at Bell Labs to taunt him a little. For fun, let’s talk about the tech of the day. No messaging, no camera, and really could only make phone calls, at the cost of $12,000 in today’s dollars. Nearly 2 points, it took 10 hours to charge and then only gave 35 minutes of talk time. It wasn’t until another 25 years or so later that normal people could even consider the option of cell phones. Today, we all know how that changed since.

It’s been 50 years to the day since American engineer Marty Cooper stepped out onto New York City’s 6th Avenue to make the first-ever cell phone call.