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10 years in tech: The crazy cellphone ideas of 2004

Martyn Williams | Sept. 15, 2014
A year is a long time in smartphone technology today, so remember if you can the changes that have taken place over the last decade.

LG Glucose Monitor Phone

Another phone with a medical twist was LG's KP8400. It had a built in sensor for measuring blood sugar. You'd put a drop of blood onto a glucose testing strip and slide that into a reader embedded in the clamshell phone. After a few moments, the phone would provide the blood sugar reading. There was even a facility to load the data to an online database over the phone's GPRS connection.

Pantech Gaming Phone

It's a gaming device! No, it's a phone! Whatever Pantech's PH S-3500 was intended to be, it was unique. A circular clamshell phone with a circular keypad that probably took a lot of getting used to, especially when tapping out text messages, the phone had a 2.1-inch color display and packed a 3D graphics chip — a rarity at the time. Unfortunately for Pantech, just three months later Sony released the PlayStation Portable and handheld gaming was changed forever.

 

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