Archive for April 5th, 2007

Did Morse invent the mobile phone?

April 5, 2007

iPods, mobile phones and blackberries are all symbols of our modern era. Or are they? Not according to the Museum of Lost Interaction, a collection of recently found technologies from the earlier part of last century. The museum, which is based at the University of Dundee, features artefact classics like the 1952 Zenith Radio Hat (a combined trilby and walking cane) and the 1900 Richophone, a multi-player role playing game based on a series of hotel telephone booths. My favourite is the mobile Morse Code device.

At first I thought this was an elaborate April Fool, but it turns out to be genuine archaeological work of staff and students in the computing and design departments at the University. Or is it?

Happy Easter.