KEY POINTS
  • Future generations will have devices "embedded under the skin of their ears," Marty Cooper, who is widely considered the father of the cell phone, told CNBC at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Such devices won't need to be charged, as "your body is the perfect charger," Cooper said.
  • Cooper says he never could have imagined phones becoming the portable computers they are today.

BARCELONA, Spain — One day phones will become devices integrated into our skin, rather than the black rectangular slabs we've become accustomed to, according to the inventor of the cell phone.

"The next generation will have the phone embedded under the skin of their ears," Marty Cooper, who's credited with inventing the first phone in 1973, told CNBC in an interview at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday.