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ParkerVision: A History of Innovation

Added at 1:42 PM ET, Tue April 2, 2015

This is a story of a small company in Florida that invented and patented a very important technology – a technology that helped pave the way for today's Smartphone.

This unconventional story began in 1980, when a company called Parker Electronics was started by a son and his dad based on an idea. Jeff, the son, watched his Dad, Ed, spend years in the somewhat sleepy air conditioning equipment business. As the advent of the computer chip was starting to find its way into all kinds of uses, they believed this new computer chip technology could move the air conditioning industry into the future. So they started Parker Electronics to develop computer chips, or semiconductor chips, for use in air conditioning control systems.