The First Camera-Phone, Ever | #PNWeekly 257

We spend the bulk of the show talking to the man that transferred the first photo through a phone into the internet… back in 1997. He then went on with his business partner and wife to make the first commercially viable Camera-Phone in Japan before later doing the same in the United States.

Our conversation is with Philippe Kahn and that’s right after the top news stories of the week, so make sure you’re charged and ready for the Pocketnow Weekly!

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Pocketnow Weekly 257

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June 16, 2017


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Philippe Kahn


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Philippe Kahn


  • It’s been 20 years and a week since the first-ever image internet-distributed image came through a phone.
  • From there, Philippe Kahn and his tech entrepreneur wife Sonia Lee co-piloted the commercialization of an integrated product first in Japan with J-Phone, then with Sprint in the US.
  • The two now run Fullpower, which focuses on sleep tracking data-gathering.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.