VR is the birth of a new industry

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It been more than 40 years since Marty Cooper stood on a Manhattan sidewalk and placed the first ever cell phone call back in 1973, but today the now-famous inventor still has a knack for the cutting edge.

Cooper, who previously led Motorola’s communications team and is credited as the inventor of the cell phone, made a stop by virtual reality startup VR Studios during a visit to Seattle this week. GeekWire was invited to stand by as the 86-year-old put a headset on for the first time, grabbed a video game gun and went to war with a horde of zombies.

Marty Cooper straps on a virtual reality headset during a visit to Seattle.

Marty Cooper straps on a virtual reality headset during a visit to Seattle.

We had a chance to sit down with Cooper after his demo, but only when he was finished quizzing the VR Studios team on how they plan to deal with technical hurdles he was throwing at them.

“It’s the birth of a whole new industry,” Cooper said, already brainstorming real world applications.

But that excitement noticeably drained away when we began talking about the current state of the wireless industry. Asked what he thinks of Apple’s new iPhone 6s, Cooper simply said it’s “boring.”

 

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