Menu
Slideshow

12 top spy gadgets

Spy gear for your inner secret agent. These cool (and possibly useful) gadgets would dazzle James Bond!

  • Spy vs. Spy

    Spies are everywhere these days, from the [[xref:http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/russian_red_eye_for_redhead_spy_1pkhUJMi9jTLaQWVJhoshK|10 Russians nabbed in the United States|Russian red-eye for redhead spy]] to Angelina Jolie, who in the movie Salt plays a woman accused of being a Russian spy. With so many secret agents--both real and fictional--in the public consciousness these days, we thought a short list of high-tech spy gear was in order. Just remember: Using any of this [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/170745-2/personal_spy_gear_is_it_ethical_is_it_legal.html|spy gear may be illegal or unethical|Personal Spy Gear: Is It Ethical? Is It Legal?]], and by linking to Websites hosting additional information about the items shown in this slideshow, we do not mean to endorse them.

    Read the full story: "[[xref: http://www.pcworld.com/article/201703/spy_gear_for_your_inner_evelyn_salt_and_james_bond.html|12 Top Spy Gadgets|12 Top Spy Gadgets]]"
  • Remote Monitoring

    The [[xref:http://www.amazon.com/C1390B24-Small-Clock-Camera-Misc/dp/B000Q5X060/ref=sr_1_27?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1279631064&sr=8-27|Small B/W Wall Clock Camera|Small B/W Wall Clock Camera]] (lower left, US$276) has a black-and-white camera hidden inside, while the [[xref:http://www.3gvideocams.com/detail/810/cx100mca-air-freshener-3g-camera/|Air Freshener 3G Camera|Air Freshener 3G Camera]] (lower middle, US$720) has a color camera inside plus a SIM card that lets you watch the live video feed on a 3G phone. The [[xref:http://www.dpl-surveillance-equipment.com/11100615.html|Power Strip Hidden Audio Monitoring Device|Power Strip Hidden Audio Monitoring Device]] (upper left, US$1209) is also rigged with a SIM card and a microphone, so you can dial in and listen to conversations. For $100 more, you can get a version that calls you when it detects voices in the room.

    Images: Amazon, Eyetek, DPL Surveillance
  • Spy Cams

    As for tiny cameras that record on the sly, options include (left to right) the [[xref:http://www.dragonext.com/4gb-spy-pen-camera-spy-camera-pen-video-voice-recorder.html|Spy Pen Camera|Spy Pen Camera]] (US$30), which lets you download 640-by-480 video and audio recorded on the built-in 4GB memory straight onto your computer; the [[xref:http://www.usaspyshop.com/button-camera-p-1246.html|Button Camera|Button Camera]] (US$129), featuring three styles of button covers with matching real buttons for the rest of your jacket or shirt; the [[xref:http://www.eyetek.co.uk/key-ring-spy-camera?currency_code=USD|Key Ring Spy Camera|Key Ring Spy Camera]] (US$102) with built-in microphone; and the dressy [[xref: http://www.eyetek.co.uk/tie-camera?currency_code=USD|Tie Camera|Tie Camera]] (US$252), which can share a power supply with the optional Covert Video Recorder (US$389).

    Images: USA Spy Shop, Eyetek, DragonNext
  • Cellular Jammers

    Need to scramble a cellular signal so it renders nearby cellphones' calling capabilities useless? The [[xref:http://www.phonejammer.com/product.php?productid=16139|High Power Portable Jammer|High Power Portable Jammer]] (left, $205) isn't covert, but it can scramble signals at distances of up to 60 feet away. The [[xref:http://www.phonejammer.com/product.php?productid=16137&cat=249&bestseller=Y|3G Mini Cell Jammer|3G Mini Cell Jammer]] (right, US$199) promises to scramble cell signals for 3G, UMTS, CDMA, and GSM networks within a range of up to 32 feet.

    Images: PhoneJammer
  • Keyloggers

    When spies (and paranoid spouses) want to find out a person's password, they turn to keyloggers. The [[xref:http://www.eyetek.co.uk/keylogger?currency_code=USD|PS2 Keylogger|PS2 Keylogger]] (upper left, US$71) works with older keyboards, while the [[xref:http://megaspy.net/product_info.php/cPath/44/products_id/189?osCsid=9e50f826fbac2626d1df544a81d88585|KeyKatch USB keylogger|KeyKatch USB keylogger]] (right, US$130) connects between the keyboard cable and a USB port on newer computers. [[xref:http://www.ultimatekeylogger.com/|Ultimate Keylogger software|Ultimate Keylogger software]] (lower left, starting at US$26) can monitor not only keystrokes, but also applications and visited Websites.

    Images: MegaSpy, Eyetek
  • GPS Trackers

    The [[xref:http://www.spygear4u.com/proddetail.asp?prod=PTXTrak%2DReal%2DTime%2DGPS%2DTracking%2DDevice|PTXTrak Real-Time GPS Tracking Device|PTXTrak Real-Time GPS Tracking Device]] (left, US$470) transmits the location of a car or person every 10 seconds (if driving) or every 20 feet (if walking), while you watch on a Web-based map. The [[xref:http://www.eyetek.co.uk/mini-gps-logger|Mini GPS Logger|Mini GPS Logger]] (right, US$288) records and stores--on the device itself--the route, stop time, speed, direction, and altitude of a moving object. Subsequently you can retrieve the data and download it to a computer via USB.

    Images: Eyetek, SpyGear4U
  • Document Scanners

    PlanOn's handy document scanners do the job quickly and covertly--assuming that no one considers moving an unopened ballpoint pen rapidly across every line of text on a page to be odd. The [[xref:http://www.planonstore.com/product-p/dpen-x05.htm|DocuPen Xtreme X05|DocuPen Xtreme X05]] (top, US$300) comes with 64MB of internal memory, takes MicroSD cards for expansion, and can perform Bluetooth transfers as well. The [[xref:http://www.planonstore.com/product-p/%28dpen-rc810%29.htm|DocuPen RC810|DocuPen RC810]] (bottom, US$170) has 8MB of memory and takes about 4 to 8 seconds to scan a full page of text.

    Images: PlanOn
  • Antibugging Protection

    In the spy vs. spy world of gadgets and countergadgets, there are some easy ways to avoid being bugged. The [[xref:http://www.spygear4u.com/proddetail.asp?prod=PE-AJ1|PE-AJ1 Audio Jammer electronic noise generator|PE-AJ1 Audio Jammer electronic noise generator]] (left, US$169) can knock out any wired or wireless microphone within an area of 150 square feet (note, however, that a protected area of 150 square feet works out to a protected radius of only about 7 feet, according to the ancient spy formula A = Πr2). The [[xref:http://www.spygear4u.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Multifunctional-Portable-Sweep-Unit|KB-DD800 Multifunctional Portable Sweep Unit|KB-DD800 Multifunctional Portable Sweep Unit]] (right, US$495) purportedly can detect bugs and cameras hidden in the room, as well as GPS trackers and wire telephone tapping.

    Images: SpyGear4U
  • Night Vision

    The [[xref:http://megaspy.net/product_info.php/cPath/46/products_id/227?osCsid=9e50f826fbac2626d1df544a81d88585|Night Own 3x50 monocular|Night Own 3x50 monocular]] (upper left, US$450) is suitable for camping, boating or wildlife observation, as well as for espionage, while the [[xref:http://megaspy.net/product_info.php/cPath/46/products_id/228?osCsid=9e50f826fbac2626d1df544a81d88585|Patrol 2X24 monocular|Patrol 2X24 monocular]] (right, US$360) is a sound entry-level model that you can attach to a tripod. If you want to go pro, consider the [[xref:http://megaspy.net/product_info.php/cPath/46/products_id/229?osCsid=9e50f826fbac2626d1df544a81d88585|Ranger Digital Night Vision 5x42 binoculars|Ranger Digital Night Vision 5x42 binoculars]] (lower left, US$760), with 5X magnification, a built-in LCD screen, and a rubberized body.

    Images: MegaSpys
  • Aerial Snooping

    It looks like a prop from a Batman movie, but [[xref:http://www.walyou.com/blog/2008/03/21/the-army-sponsored-miniature-bat-plane-would-make-batman-proud/|The Bat|The Bat]] (left, not available in stores) is a functioning drone that carries microphones, shoots photos and video, and comes equipped with sensors for detecting poisonous gases and radiation. Only 6 inches wide, it cost US$10 million to develop at the University of Michigan. More down to earth (but still up in the air) is the [[xref:http://www.gadgetshop.com/OutdoorGadgets/OutdoorFun/Spy+Kite/EPN332668|Spy Kite|Spy Kite]] (right, US$46), which lets you snap photos from heights of up to 80 feet and download them to your PC via USB.

    Images: Walyou, GadgetShop
  • Phones No Longer Safe

    If your mission is to spy on someone who uses a BlackBerry or an Android phone, a service called [[xref:http://www.mobistealth.com/spy-software-buy.php?product_type=ALL&phone_id=63|MobiStealth|MobiStealth]] (left, $80 for three months) promises to enable you to monitor their location, listen to phone calls via a Web interface, and check the user's text messages and Web history. Mobile Spy claims that its [[xref:http://www.iphonespyware.com/|iPhone Spy software|iPhone Spy software]] (right, US$50 for three months) works in a similar manner with iPhones--but only if they've been jailbroken.
  • Spy Coins

    These hollow spy coins from Dereu & Sons have been in use since the Cold War by spies to transport secret messages or suicide poisons. Now you can use them to carry a MicroSD card. Available coins include [[xref: http://spy-coins.com/products.htm|U.S. nickels|U.S. nickels]] (left, US$30 each) and half-dollars (a better deal at US$25 each), British pounds (right, US$33 each), and EU euros (US$30 each).

    Images: Dereu & Sons Mfg. Co.

    Read the full story: "[[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/201703/spy_gear_for_your_inner_evelyn_salt_and_james_bond.html|12 Top Spy Gadgets|12 Top Spy Gadgets]]"
Show Comments

Market Place