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Electro Magnetic RPM Controller
“Pressure on the case here [the slot machine] when the desired symbols appear. This causes the rotation of the cylinders to stutter at just the precise moment too...”
This was Q’s explanation to Tiffany Case as he emptied the jackpot from his umpteenth successive slot machine.
Of all the devices and gadgets we have seen in James Bond movies, this was perhaps the most enriching. Financially, at least!
Although it all sounds fairly logical, especially the bit where Q describes how the process causes the stuttering of the cylinders, the slot machine technology has moved on so quickly that even if this marvellous gadget had worked, it would have been obsolete fairly speedily.
The device to tackle and the device to use are unrelated, but put them together... An electronic speed control device has the ability to alter a motor's speed and direction, and also to apply a brake. The first fully electromagnetic slot machine was introduced by Bally in 1963. It was also the first machine that had the ability of paying out 500 coins without an attendant present.
Q's Electro Magnetic RPM Controller is quite possibly the result of a chat over free cocktails in a Las Vegas casino by two geeks. Well, we hope that's how it came about.
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