Thursday, June 16, 2011

Marty Coopers Big Idea Has Transformed Our Lives

The 16th Annual International Meeting of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) took place at the Tampa Convention Center, May 1-3, 2011. The ATA 2011 opening plenary featured Dr. Martin Cooper, inventor of the modern cellphone and mHealth advocate, as well as David Pogue, consumer technology correspondent for the New York Times.

A pioneer in the wireless communications industry, Martin Cooper conceived the first portable cellular phone in 1973 and led the 10-year process of bringing it to market.

During 29 years with Motorola, Martin built and managed both its paging and cellular businesses and served as Corporate Director of Research and Development. Products he introduced have had cumulative sales volume of more than $80 billion.

Upon leaving Motorola, Martin co-founded Cellular Business Systems, Inc. a leader in the the cellular billing industry. More recently, Martin co-founded GreatCall Wireless, maker of the Jitterbug phone and a wide variety of personalized, customizable applications--including mHealth services.

The video below begins at the 60 Minutes segment featuring Dr. Cooper and then goes into the plenary talk at ATA 2011. There is also a great interview from the conference by Brian Dolan over at MobiHealthNews.