Watch How The First Camera Phone Came To Be — And See The First Ever Photo Taken With It

"How did you do that? The date says that your daughter was born like 15 minutes ago and I just got that."

Today, we take our phones out to snap photos of the brunch we're about the bite into, the concert we're dancing at, and the friends we love without a second thought. But, of course, our phones haven't always doubled as cameras. We have Philippe Kahn to thank for that one. 

In a short film titled 1997: The Birth of the Camera Phone, we learn how Kahn created the first camera phone solution that can share photos instantly on public networks. On June 11, 1997, he celebrated the birth of both his daughter Sophie and the camera phone. He jerry-rigged a digital camera to his flip phone and snapped a photo of his newborn daughter. Then, the photo was sent to about 2,000 people. 

"Point, shoot, and share instantly," Kahn said in the video. "I start getting emails [saying], 'How did you do that? The date says that your daughter was born like 15 minutes ago and I just got that.' " 

And the rest is history. 

Watch the video below to see how Kahn went from average flip phone to the first camera phone — and that first sweet photo he captured with it. 

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