The ubiquitousness of iPhones and Android devices can make it easy to forget they were predated by gadgets like the Hiptop. Over at Medium, former Danger Incorporated employee Chris DeSalvo writes about the circumstances that led to the birth of the Hiptop, which is better known as the Sidekick in the US. He also goes into detail about the early smartphone's many functions and its impact on the deaf community, before cheekily explaining how it was ahead of its time. DeSalvo closes with an anecdote about the company's attempt to integrate with Nintendo's Gameboy.