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James Bond: The gadget king pushing innovation

Suzi PerryUsually, when everyone talks about something, I try to steer clear. However, how could I ignore the most famous icon in the world? I am quite simply in love with James Bond. The idea, the stunts, the lifestyle and of course the gadgets. ‘Skyfall’ features Ben Wishaw as Q – brilliant casting in my view – a fabulous actor who I’m sure can get his geek on with the best of us.

For all the fiddly pens, magnetic watches (great scene, I wish someone would unzip me like that) phones and tracking devices featured over the years, I just can’t get past the cars. Well one in particular, the Aston Martin DB5. The delicious 282bhp, 1964 wet dream of a vehicle with its 4.0-litre inline six cylinder engine and impossibly good looks make me sigh with wonderment. So imagine how I went supersonic when I heard that the star of Thunderball and Goldfinger was to be auctioned! The ACTUAL car…

They are also throwing £70 grand worth of Bond style holidays and tailored suits, yep, I know 70 big ones so imagine what the lot will go for. Despite the fact that all the original movie gadgets are in mint condition, I sadly won’t be in the running.

I could just about scrape together enough for the new Aston Martin mouse!

But then again Bond has nothing to do with ‘affordable’ that’s the whole point. However, it is clear that consumer technology is becoming more 007-esque nanosecond by nanosecond. There is a buzz about wearable tech. The pebble watch, Google Glass etc and we have been consumed by gesture control ever since the Xbox boosting Microsoft Kinect leapt to the top of our ‘must have’ lists. So what about a combination of the two? Yes please… step forward ‘MoveEye’. Not in the marketplace just yet, but this is the kind of kit that futurologists have been championing for years.

MoveEye is stylish eyewear that enables you to control your smart TV by simply gesturing, so no more remotes or keyboards etc. The software element identifies which part of the screen you are focussing on and then a gesture bank determines the meaning of your movements. If this is as good as it sounds, I can imagine so many possibilities and a wonderful feeling of being able to chuck out the throng of remotes that dominate my coffee table.

Until then I’m going to dream about my DB5…

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The latest Bond movie, Skyfall, premières tonight 22 October with general admission commencing Friday 26 October. Excited? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments below.

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