Did you know that James Bond's phone had a fingerprint scanner long before the iPhone or the ATRIX did?
posted by Nanko Rusev / Jan 23, 2014, 10:16 AM
Think your iPhone 5s is so cool with its fingerprint scanner? Well, it was beaten to it by the Motorola ATRIX 4G (released in 2011), which had one embedded in its power key. Sure, it didn't really work quite as well, but that's another story.
But did you know that one particular phone – an Ericsson JB988 modified for the needs of one and only James Bond – had a fingerprint scanner back in 1997? The high-tech gadget made an appearance in the movie Tomorrow Never Dies featuring Pierce Brosnan as the fearless secret agent. A 20,000 volt stun gun had also been added to his personal phone, along with a remote control for his gorgeous BMW 750iL. If only this humble Ericsson handset could do all of these things in real life...
Now feel free to enjoy the video below where James gives his new toy a try. The phone part begins at the 1:54 mark.
via YouTube user TimeLordTrekkie96
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There'll be no reasons for Apple to patent this "invention".
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 10:26 AM 7
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oh and did you know there were some winmo phones back in 2007 which had fingerprinter scanner but were never given credit because they were not made by the fruit company?!
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 1:13 PM 1
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Hey, it's just plain rude to call them fruity. Besides, we're all supposed to live in peace and harmony (unless we sue, of course). I think it's great that that big iTart in Cali' copies so much; it gives other OEM's a standard by which to "copy".
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 2:25 PM 2
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"20,000 volt stun gun had also been added to his personal phone" Whats the battery life of his phone?
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 10:55 AM 3
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Atrix? iPhone? My Motorola ES400 (WinMo 6.5) had a built-in fingerprint scanner AND a built-in barcode scanner LONG before either was around. Sorry but somebody at PA doesn't know their history.
posted on Jan 23, 2014, 3:32 PM 1
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