Without mobile phones, modern society would not be the same. Fifty years ago, visitors to World Expo 1970 Osaka had the first opportunity to discover what this technology offered, giving them a glimpse into a much more connected – and mobile – future.
Presented by telecoms company NTT in the Electronic and Communications Pavilion, the “Dream Telephone” was a prototype model of a cordless phone terminal capable of making phone calls to anywhere in Japan. With several of these phones available for the public to use, it quickly caused a sensation, with the pavilion receiving 6.58 million visitors during the Expo, and images of people chatting on the wireless devices being seen around the world.
The technology behind these wireless terminals led to the development of carphones, as well as the first generation of mobile phones, setting the path for the creation of the mobile phone society that defines the modern era.
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing and regulating World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.