Polaroid Founder 'Predicted The iPhone' In 1970 (WATCH)

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All the people who now claim that the iPhone really isn't that innovative may have a point - it turns out that at least one tech company predicted its rise all the way back in 1970.

Well, sort of. According to this clip trailing a new book about the camera company Polaroid, its founder Edwin Land had some visionary ideas of where technology would lead.

In a short film made more than four decades ago he predicted cameras would become smaller, ubiquitous and allow people to share pictures instantly.

In a recently released clip he describes how people from the future (us) would be able to "take a wallet out of my pocket, open the wallet, press a button and have the picture".

This magical device would be "something like the telephone, something that you use all day long, whenever an occasion arises in which you cannot trust your memory... [you'd use it] as often as your pencil or your eyeglasses".

New York magazine's senior editor Chris Bonanos, author of The Story of Polaroid, said the extent of his predictions was "astonishing".

On the other hand, a recently-released speech made by Steve Jobs in 1983 shows Apple was no slouch either.

Among Jobs' predictions were a device very much like the iPad:

Jobs said:

"Apple's strategy is really simple. What we want to do is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes. That's what we want to do and we want to do it this decade. And we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don't have to hook up to anything and you're in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers."

 
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