Forty years ago today Martin Cooper of Motorola impressed a room full of journalists with a plastic brick that was dubbed by its design team as The Shoe – probably because it shared the same sex appeal. Flash forward 40 years and cell phones are spawning from social networks and outnumbering people.

But even before Cooper and his Motorola team created the first working mobile phone, there were signs of its imminent technology in pop culture. Who could forget Captain Kirk’s fashionable gold cell phone?

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