Motorola StarTAC Cell Phone (1996)
The world's first flip phone is also the first gadget based on technology originally imagined in "Star Trek"
: the handheld communicator.
Back then, mobile phones didn't have to have cameras, play music, or find you on a map; they just had to let you make and receive calls. The StarTAC
, number 6 on PC World's list of "The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years," filled that role to perfection, with the smallest design ever seen up to that point.