The medical journal Internal and Emergency Medicine is reporting on a case in which a 35-year old man tripping on phencyclidine (PCP) attempted to swallow his smartphone. The key word being "attempted."
Look at these old cellular phones. You could probably shove 10 iPhones inside each of these puppies. That Motorola handset weighs only 30 ounces. Amazing!
This clip from an early 1990's AT&T concept video shows a futuristic world of voice recognition, networked computing and nearly sentient robotic sous chefs. And yet our protagonist's computer doesn't even know the word "HURRY." But what our machines lack in vocabulary they more than make up for in obnoxious pop up…
The 1976 book Future Facts is filled with predictions of artificial life, underwater cities and traveling from New York to Los Angeles in 21 minutes. Though the last excerpted line is pretty hilarious, this prediction of the "portaphone" of the future is surprisingly accurate.