Scientist Invents World’s Smallest Cell Phone, Loses It.
March 10, 2006: After struggling through bureaucracy, bankruptcy, and a finally a divorce, tech prodigy Huang Schortz has lost hope of ever recovering his brainchild.
“I’m sad,” said Huang Schortz, probably the youngest person in Hong Kong to have ever achieved such an accomplishment. In February of 2006, Schortz unveiled what has been called “one of the greatest technological developments of the first 6 years of the 21 st century created by a 4 year old.” That invention was a cell phone; a cell phone so small that it could barely be measured with a ruler or felt in your hand.
His mother, Lulu Schortz, spoke to reporters via normal-sized cell phone. “He’s a very bright child,” she said. “He’s taking a nap right now.”
The cell phone was so small that even Mrs. Schortz had never seen it. “He drew me a schematic of it with a pencil, she said. “It’s on the refrigerator. I’d never actually seen the real thing before he lost it, it was so small. But if he said he invented it, I know he did. He’s a Christian.”
Mrs. Schortz described how one day she’d heard Huang joyfully cry out, “Yippee!” from his bedroom. When she went to his closed door, she could hear him talking to someone. “Who are you talking to,” Lulu asked. “I’m talking to my teacher on the microscopic cell phone that I just made,” said Huang. “She said she’d marry me.”
“I thought that 'microscopic' was a big word for a 4 year old, but he's big for his age. ‘That’s nice,’ I told him. So I asked when the wedding was going to be. He told me that they were doing it over the internet as we spoke. I asked him where they were going to live. He said, ‘Here.’ Then I asked him what he was going to do for money. He told me that his daddy would give him some. So I said, ‘OK. We’ll see.”
”When I opened his door, I could see his hand against his ear and that he was talking to someone. I wondered why I couldn't see the phone, then I realized that the reason I couldn't see it was because it was microscopic. I saw the schematic on his bed, and that proved to me that he had really invented it. So that’s also when I realized that Huang was a true genius. I’m so proud.”
The next day when Mrs. Schortz was bringing breakfast up to Huang, she saw that he was acting unhappily. She asked him how the marriage was going. He told her that the teacher had left him and that daddy wouldn’t give him any money. “I asked him where his invention was,” said Mrs. Schortz. “He told me he lost it. That’s when I called 911.”
“We’ve searched and searched,” said Mrs. Schortz. “We’ve even checked the salt and pepper shakers. I guess it’s gone.”
Other drawings by child genius, Huong Schortz. Click on images to enlarge.