Pager - From Russia With Love (1963) Sean Connery
Invented in 1956, the pager was still riding on the leading edge of technology when it appeared in the movie. It provided a way for Bond to make life-saving contact with MI6. It is amazing that this relatively simple device is still saving lives or at least reputations in the IT world. In the real world in 1963, the pager would only communicate one-way but now it is a duplex device. It has also transcended the human to human communication to become a software to human interface. More often than not it informs IT managers of problems or, preferably, comforting notifications that today’s backup was successful.
There is a definite bond between secret agents and gadgets. From the Geiger counter in Dr No, James Bond has been bedecked with hardware that has ranged from the plausible to the fantastical. The current Bond (Daniel Craig, starring in The Quantum of Solace) is a relative technophobe, which is a pity because the Bond devices have always stirred the imagination. Here are our top fifteen gadgets that are either real or have perhaps inspired technological innovation.
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