If you watch any spy movie like the Bond series or the Bourne Supremacy, you must have noticed, that no matter what the tight spot or situation is, a spy has a way in and a way out. He always escapes with his skin intact. And that is because of his tools. Gadgets, tools, devices, gizmos... whatever they are called, they make the difference between a successful mission and a disaster. For the sleeping spy within us, we may not need the most silent gun or the fastest bullet-proof car, but a secret spy camera up our sleeve wouldn't hurt. Who said playing spy is for kids?
Spy Cameras for Adults
I spy with my little eye... Now you can have eyes and ears everywhere, with these latest video stealth gadgets.
- Video Surveillance Clock ($160)
Beneath the simple clock exterior, lies a motion-activated video camera. It can pick up sound up to a distance of 3 meters and can record video up to 8 meters. It takes photographs and stores data on a 4GB SD card (sold separately), so the content can be viewed on a computer. Up to 1½ hours of video recording can be done from a 3 hour charge.
- Video Spy Pen ($100)
It sits innocently in your pocket or on your desk but all the while, this spy pen quietly records up to 2 hours of images at a 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution. The stylish, executive design allows for an easy USB connection to your computer.
- Camera Cap with Remote Control ($60)
Here's one accessory that makes a perfect hidden camera place. The cap has a built-in CMOS camera and a small remote, so you can easily control the camera from your pocket. 4 GB storage space, a microphone and a motion sensor just add to its appeal.
- Spy Sunglasses Camera ($280)
Why do all spies wear shades? To secretly record everything of course! This gadget is a sleek and stylish pair of sunglasses, with a 1.3 mega pixel color camera and video recorder. It has a built-in memory of 4GB and can record for 5 hours continuously.
- Spy Gear Spy Video TRAKR ($120)
This is not a toy. It's a little mobile eye on wheels, that allows you to see everything around you, while you remain hidden. Using the remote control, drive the mini-car into different rooms to see and hear what's going on. You can even use a memory card and upload color videos to your computer. It has an antenna, microphone, adjustable video lens and speaker, along with in-built apps, like a path mapper, for greater functionality.
- PocketSpy: Portable Digital Microscope ($250)
Magnify small details and capture them in picture or video format with this nifty pocket-sized microscope-cum-recorder. You can zoom in and out of images, in light and dark surroundings, thanks to the built-in LED bank. This device has a memory of 16 GB.
- Hidden DVR Tie Cam ($150)
The ultimate device in covert intelligence capture technology is a camera hidden in your clothes! This camera device is embedded in a simple tie. You can operate the camera by remote control and record video in VGA resolution undetected. It stores up to 2 GB of video recordings and can be easily connected to a computer, using its built-in USB port.
Audio Spy Gadgets
Sometimes, video is not as important as crystal clear sound. To monitor conversations, live and on the phone, here are some of the top sound related spy equipment.
- Flash Drive Memory Spy Digital Voice Recorder ($20)
A sensitive sound recorder, sneakily disguised as a USB flash drive. It can capture audio within a 5 meter radius and has a 2GB internal memory, that stores up to 4.5 hours of recording. Turn it on or off, with the help of a tiny switch on the recorder's side, that looks like a flash drive lock.
- SleuthGear Digital Recorder ($140)
This voice recorder is slim and flat enough for a low profile, with amazing audio recording capacity. Record up to 65 hours of audio on a 1 GB memory. Its memory slot is expandable with a 4GB SD card (sold separately), so you can record an additional 260 hours of audio and play the audio in either WAV or MP3 format.
- Orbitor Electronic Spy Listening Device ($60)
Listen to conversations over 300 feet away! With the Orbitor, you can listen to distant and weak sounds and even capture snippets.
- Deluxe Voice Changer ($50)
Preserve your secret identity with this voice changing device for your phone. The quality of the modified sound is very good and you can increase or decrease the pitch of your voice as desired. Just plug into the handset and base of any phone to use.
- StreetWise Cellphone Voice Changer ($20)
It looks like a mobile phone accessory but this device is a hands-free voice changer, with 4 voice change options and an impressive 30 hour battery life.
Miscellaneous Spy Stuff for Adults
Spies, like the boy scouts, are prepared for anything and everything. From erasing your tracks, to mini-weapons, these are some cool spy tools.
- UZI Tactical Pen ($20)
A small but powerful weapon, the UZI pen is made of aluminum with a sharpened crown, to jab or poke an attacker. Best of all, it takes a quick DNA sample of your attacker in the crown. A must-have tactical equipment for adults.
- Hand Paper Shredder ($30)
Leaving a paper trail is the best way to get caught. So for maximum protection, leave no paper behind with this hand operated mini shredder. The shredder has cuts and perforations of steel. Its small size and light weight make it an ideal spy companion.
- SF103 Spy Finder Camera Detector ($85)
The secret to a good spy is to make sure no one is watching you. Detect wired and wireless hidden cameras, even if they are off, with this nifty detector. Small and easily kept away makes it, one key spy device.
- EyeClops Night Vision Infrared Stealth Goggles ($130)
Monitor your target through night and day. The goggles use actual infra-red night vision technology, to give you a cat-like vision in the dark.
- Telespial TrackStick - GPS Tracking Logger ($135)
The TrackStick makes sure you know the exact path and location, where your target has been traveling to. It provides quick and comprehensive travel reports. Place it in your target's vehicle and get it back later, then use Google Earth to check where he/she has been. A minimal design and belt clip makes it ideal for covert use.
- Credit Card Light Bulb ($4)
For a small and thin source of light in dark dinghy places, this light bulb fits in your wallet. Just flip the light up and down for use. Batteries included.
- Spy Keylogger ($25)
Whenever you type anything into your computer, those keystrokes are recordable and here's the device that allows you to record, store and view keystrokes later. With this gadget, you will know what your target does on his/hers PC.
- Lipstick Stun Gun ($50)
Most tasers and stun guns are heavyweight obvious weapons. But for a more ladylike approach, here's a 3 inch lipstick device with a built-in taser and flashlight. Shock and awe away!
- KGB Disappearing Ink Pen ($15)
The ultimate device in espionage is an invisible ink pen. Jot down codes or passwords at ease, since the ink fades in a couple of minutes. Even if the note falls into the wrong hands, the ink leaves no trace on the note of what was written.
- Hidden Wall Safe ($8)
Along with handy devices and stealth tactics, part of being a successful spy is keeping your own stuff safe. This means hiding things in plain sight, which can be easily done with this nifty wall safe. On the outside, it looks like a simple power switch. But pull it towards you to expose a small but roomy hidden cubbyhole. You can easily install it in your house.
Note: All prices mentioned are approximate and depend on various factors like location and offers available.
Avoid being Johnny English, and use your spy tools wisely. Logging and monitoring another's activities can be considered a felony in many states, since it is an invasion of privacy. With the right behavior and attitude, spy gadgets for adults are fun devices, that allow you to live out your spy fantasies without all the shooting and jumping off buildings.