Sharing photos from a phone is easy as breathing these days, and we have Philippe Khan to thank for paving the way. In June 1997, he achieved a technological first that would be repeated countless times in the following decades: he shared a digital photo instantly.
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Philippe Kahn may not be a name you’re familiar with (or maybe you are) but his contributions to early mobile technology and social media are difficult to overlook.
It was 20 years ago this past Sunday – June 11, 1997, to be exact – that Kahn snapped a photo of his just-born daughter Sophie with a mobile phone and shared it over the Internet with around 2,000 friends, family and business connections.
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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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11/6/1977, doanh nhân Philippe Kahn đã nhờ một người phụ tá mua một sợi dây để kết nối chiếc điện thoại với máy ảnh và đăng ảnh lên trang web.
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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.