Technology has changed and so has the way we spy nowadays,” says Sanjeev Deswal, 38, who has been running Delhi-based Aider Detectives Pvt. Ltd for more than a decade. ”Communication gaps have reduced and technology has made it more sophisticated and more accessible. So nowadays sometimes all we really need is a good cellphone to gather all the information we need.”
If you’re just looking to have some phone with fun toys though, so you can feel like Agent Ethan Hunt or James Bond, then you can get your hands on cool gadgets such as a camera hidden in a wristwatch, or an audio recorder which looks like a pen. Most of these are now available online on websites and can be home-delivered for a price. Here are some spy gadgets on our wish list.
USB spy camera
This looks like a normal USB stick but it comes fitted with a microscopic video camera inside. The camera records AVI videos in a 720x480 format —most smartphones can do better, but this gadget isn’t as obvious. It doesn’t blink while taking a video and has a motion-detect mode that starts recording automatically when you move in front of the pen drive. You can leave it lying around inconspicuously. The camera memory can support a maximum of up to 32 GB storage and the battery is rechargeable by simply connecting the USB to your computer, which is also used to transfer the data. It can be used for video, photos and voice recording.
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Get it at: www.ebay.com for $72 (around Rs 3,800), with shipping charges as applicable.
Spy pen camera
A classic camouflaged spy camera, the “pen” has a USB connecter on one side and a small video camera on the other. The camera has only 4 GB space though, and records at a very low resolution of 640x480, at only 10 frames per second (FPS). This means that the image quality is not great and will jump. Cameras with 8 GB and 16 GB
storage can also be found online. The 4 GB camera is relatively cheap, and extremely small. You can transfer video and charge the camera using the USB connecter built into the device.
Get it at: www.ebay.com for $29.99, plus shipping.
This one is a digital camera embedded in a wristwatch. Casually flick your hair with the wrist to record. The video recording format is AVI with a resolution of 1280x960. The gadget also includes a real watch, and an MP3 player other than the video camera. It comes with 2-hour battery backup and 4 GB internal flash memory.
Get it at: www.bestspygadgets.in for Rs 10,500 for the HD version, with a lower resolution model available for Rs 5,500. Shipping is Rs 200 (domestic) and Rs 500 (international).
Motion-activated car-key camera
Start talking or moving and this car-key disguised camera starts recording a video or an audio. The camera can be activated with motion, voice as well as a vibration alert function. The camera can record at 1280x960 at 30 FPS. Its inbuilt storage is 4 GB, and can be extended to 16 GB with a microSD card. It also comes in specific car-key designs.
Get it at: www.bestspygadgets.in for Rs 5,000, with Rs 200 (domestic) and Rs 500 (international) shipping charges.
Remember the glasses Tom Cruise wore in the first Mission Impossible movie in 1996? These sunglasses come with a camera that hides in the part of the frame that rests on the bridge of your nose. A hard-to-spot button on the arms of the glasses triggers recording, and framing your shot is super-easy because it’s going to be recording exactly what you’re seeing.
The camera can record at high and low resolutions or take 1.3 megapixel photographs, and the built-in 2 GB memory will record up to 1 hour of video. You can choose to buy more expensive models with greater storage, and the camera-glasses can connect to your computer with a USB cable.
Get it at: www.ebay.in for Rs 5,499 onwards.
Portable scanner Scanny3
This small hand-held device is available at stationery stores and is a powerful tool for scanning pages. You can scan a black-and-white A4 sheet in 2 seconds, and can take 400 scans on a single charge of the battery. The scanner takes a microSD card (up to 32 GB) and the resulting scans are at 600x600 dpi—high enough to print a poster. You can transfer the files directly to a phone (for mailing) via Bluetooth, or to your computer with a USB cable.
Get it at: www.narulastationery.com for Rs 6,499.
Spy voice changer
Disguise your voice and talk like someone else with this sneaky device. It works with a cellphone through Bluetooth. The pitch includes two high and two low conversions and options which can make you talk like a robot, child, woman, old person or girl. It works for 30 hours on a single charge.
Get it at: www.spycameradelhiindia.com for Rs 2,500.
Wall listening device
Walls really can have ears. The device works by amplifying the vibration of audio through solid surfaces. The device works through wooden walls, doors, windows, steel plates or anything that is 6-10 inches in thickness, and all you need to do is hold it up to the wall you need to listen through.
It is super-sensitive, so be careful to raise the audio slowly, otherwise you might shout out yourself at the amount of noise coming through.
Get it at: www.bestspygadgets.in for Rs 10,000, with Rs 200 (domestic) and Rs 500 (international) in shipping charges.
Bluetooth spy glasses with earpiece
Want to communicate with someone quietly? These dark glasses come with a Bluetooth connected earpiece that is flesh-coloured to keep it hidden. There’s also a discreet, built-in microphone, so the glasses can act as a hands-free kit for any mobile phone for up to 12 hours.
Get it at: www.gadgets.in for Rs 16,999.
Spy camera bug detector and lens finder
If sly spy items available on sale freely give you the heebie-jeebies, protect yourself and make sure your walls and tables don’t suddenly grow ears or eyes. As the name suggests, the detector automatically helps track any hidden audio bugs, wired or wireless hidden video cameras or even GPS trackers around you within a few minutes. Once it detects something, it alerts you by vibrating, beeping or flickering its LED light. It detects signals transmitting between 1-6,500 MHz and wired cameras can be detected in the range of 0.1-20m.
Get it at: www.gadgets.in for Rs 10,599, with free shipping in India (express shipping costs an additional Rs 150).
Hate the buzz of an omnipresent cellphone in the middle of a no-phone meeting or have a highly sensitive meeting you don’t want leaked? Jam all the phones within a 100m radius with this useful device.
Get it at: www.gadgets.in for Rs 7,500, with free shipping in India (express shipping costs an additional Rs 150).
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