The evolution of the telecommunications device that was invented 141 years ago, permits 2 or more users to conversate when they are too far apart to be heard directly. This invention has transformed the way we communicate today. On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone.
For decades there has been the debate on whether Bell was actually the first to invent the telephone. Several controversies have long hovered over this invention. Many of Bell’s critics, including Elisha Gray, Thomas Edison and Antonio Meucci, all claiming to have invented the telephone first, accused Congressman Gardiner G. Hubbard, Bell’s father-in-law, of persuading the patent office to give Bell his patent over Gray.
Yet even in the midst of this ongoing controversy about the telephone patent, today we see the technology of telecommunications and mobility leap beyond the type of advancement we could ever dream. From wall mounted, to telephone booths, to desktop, to smartphones, and to wearable technology, the art and science of communications are taking us to a universe of innovation we never thought possible.