The James Bond movie franchise has given us some great gadgets, some of which we wish we had and some of which aren’t as practical but are still great. But real life has also given us some nice gadgets! Sure, we may not have access to a dagger shoe or a mini-rocket cigarette.
Still, innovations in technology and practical applications of survival techniques have shown us that Hollywood could take some advice from what’s already available in real life. Here are ten gadgets that James Bond would want in real life (in no particular order).
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10 Makr Shakr
Bond’s quintessential line “Shaken, not stirred” is the inspiration for our first selection. The Makr Shakr is a robotic arm bartender that eliminates the need for a human bartender. Or, to be less salty about it, all you have to do is sit back and let the robot do its thing.
This may not be spy equipment, but it definitely plays a big part in Bond’s personal life and vices. However, the outrageous look of an assembly-line machine-arm waiter makes it seem like he’d be better suited for Archer, who’s the perfect parody of Roger Moore’s suave playboy vibes and Pierce Brosnan’s sarcasm and wit.
Daniel Craig, in my opinion, is the darkest version of Bond. He’s the silent type who has no problem reminding us that he’s an undercover agent first and has no problem killing whoever he’s meant to kill. He is also terribly handsome. That’s why Belty is on this list.
Belty is a self-adjusting belt. It’s stylish enough to pass for a regular belt, but why limit the technology behind it to narrow the waist and hold up pants? Listen to me. What if Bond could adjust the Belty to automatically fit around a person’s neck? For me, it’s the perfect 2-in-1 tool, like the exploding pen. Forget piano wire; anyway, that’s a mafia tactic. Bond uses a belt to strangle his targets.
8 thread of life
If you camp, you know how important it is NOT to drink water from lakes, ponds, or streams without boiling it first. Drinking the water straight up could lead to some pretty nasty medical complications and ruin a camping trip. Fortunately, several solutions don’t require you to boil your water, one of which is LifeStraw.
LifeStraw is a portable straw that filters your water from viruses and bacteria. The company behind it, Vestergaard, also has great water equity and sustainability initiatives, very good at them.
In his line of work, Bond visits some far flung places, as seen in no time to die, For example. The Lifestraw, then, seems like a logical addition to your survival tools should you have to travel through harsh and limiting conditions. Stay hydrated my friends.
7 Ray Ban Stories
Of all the Bonds, Roger Moore probably has the coolest gadgets. He’d be the one we’d probably see buying the next ridiculously featured all-in-one Swiss Army knife. However, with him in mind, it’s not easy to find a real-life device you’d like. We could give you a smartwatch, but nothing compares to the Rolex Submariner. We could give him a self-driving car, but, meh, he had the Lotus Esprit coupe. That’s a car and a submarine with a torpedo launcher. So we decided to look for something simpler that could still appeal to Moore’s gadget wacky side. We came up with the Ray-Ban Stories.
These sunglasses made by Ray-Bans compete hard with Bose’s Bluetooth sunglasses and win. The smart glasses are compatible with Meta technology and come with a host of features. You can take videos and photos hands-free (there are two small cameras built into the frames). A tactile feedback option allows you to do the same. You can also play and pause music with verbal or touch commands. The glasses also come with a charging case, outdoor speakers, Facebook assistant, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, iPhone and Android compatibility, and three stylish frame designs with prescription lens options.
The Tile is a portable tracking device intended to keep track of your possessions. The company behind it sells a credit card-sized version of the device, a round, waterproof sticker tracker or tiny tile. Just keep the Tile with your belongings and sync the device with the iPhone or Android app. Obviously, it can also be left in bags or cars to keep track of someone’s whereabouts (but the company would never promote that).
It may not be the most subtle tracking device you’ve ever used, but it could prove to be a useful tool for your civilian lifestyle, especially if you tend to lose your keys, wallet, or girlfriends.
The Nuraphone is a set of Bluetooth headphones that send different frequencies to your ear and measure your ears’ responses to them. It then creates an equalizer profile for you based on these answers. The result is the perfect equalizer setting for just your ears. In addition, you can receive phone calls, adjust the “transparency” of the headphones if you still need to hear your surroundings, or connect cables if you don’t want to use wireless.
Bond may never use these things at work, but we think they’re impressive enough that you won’t mind listening to custom EQ music on your day off.
4 Maximum Privacy Screen Protector
A screensaver? Boring, but logical. I’m not even a spy, and I don’t want people to see what I’m looking at, and what I’m looking at isn’t even that important. Imagine what James Bond looks at on his phone… *jokes break in*.
The maximum privacy screen protector for iPhone is so private that supposedly, unless you’re looking directly at your phone, the screen will appear black. It’s also made of glass, so its protection capabilities go beyond privacy.
3 The Wasp gas injection knife
Guys I really like this one. It’s a knife. But wait, there’s more! It’s a knife that releases enough carbon dioxide to cause a small explosion when you stab something with it. So yes, you can stab something and then make the wound worse by exploding it with the push of a button on the knife bolster. On top of that, the carbon dioxide that causes the explosion is very cold, so it freezes the organs and tissues around it.
The knife was originally designed for divers encountering predators, such as sharks. If you are underwater and have to use it, the shark will float to the surface before it starts bleeding. The blood will attract other sharks to the surface so you can keep diving. It makes sense to me!
But you don’t have to be underwater to use it. On land or at sea, for hand-to-hand combat, this is quite an interesting tool and I’m sure Bond would love to have it handy.
2 Wazoo Fireworks Necklace
You don’t necessarily want to deck yourself out in jewelry when you’re out in nature. It is not practical. But this necklace is designed to be functional (and hipster-looking). Wazoo put flint and steel into a pendant, and this surprisingly simple fire-starting solution is wildly successful. Sparks will fly! We’re sure Bond has plenty of survival skills, he doesn’t need flint and steel to start a fire, but he’s always prepared for a sticky situation. We thought he would bring it with him to make his life easier. Who really wants to spend time searching for flint and steel in the middle of nowhere?
1 The drink detective
Hey, do you remember when Daniel Craig was poisoned at the casino in Royal Casino“? Not to throw salt in the wound, but you’re 007. Don’t just say, “Hey, thanks for my drink. I’m going to drink it in the same room as my enemy without checking!” That is why, as a punishment, we present here the overly complicated spiked drink detector!
To use Drink Detective:
- Remove a test swab and test card from the package.
- Dip the swab into the drink and apply to the test squares on the card.
- Wait a couple of seconds, and if the squares have changed colour, your drink has been enriched.
If you want to know exactly what someone put in you, different colors correspond to different drugs.
Drink Detective can detect a large number of drugs in your drink, such as heroin, cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy, morphine, etc. If it’s an amine, Drink Detective will find it. Now it wouldn’t have done any good for the digital poison in Bond’s drink, but hey, you know, not everyone has access to digital; regular baddies may choose to drug him instead.
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