1997: Cellphone-controlled cars
During a memorable car chase in 1997's "Tomorrow Never Dies," Bond steers his gadget-laden BMW through a parking garage via the touchpad on his cell phone, while watching the action on the phone's video display. Today, open-source software from researchers at Hagenberg University in Austria allows users of accelerometer-equipped cell phones, shown in this image, to control a toy car. Project leader Andreas Jakl described a James Bondian video clip showing off the gizmo to msnbc.com: "Our 'James Bond' tries to drive the car with a touchscreen device like in the movie, but it all goes wrong and the car crashes. However, Q then gives him the new ShakerRacer-phone, where he can now control the car using natural motions instead of using a touchscreen."

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