Spy gadgets for the home [photos]

As surveillance technology develops, what products are on offer for home tracking?
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer

 The Wireless Teddy Cam

Manchester Surveillance's Wireless Teddy Cam, fit for keeping an eye on your kids or useful if you have concerns over a babysitter, is fitted with a color camera and transmitter which relays audio and visual data to a transceiver.

The accompanying receiver needs to be hidden no further than 50 meters away from your child's new cuddly toy to work. Once plugged in to your VCR via a scart cable or PHONO plugs, you can look back on the teddy bear's footage.

Each bear is priced at £235 ($376).


A camera-enabled photo frame

Available from Fly on the Wall, this camera-enabled photo frame has a tiny DVR camera embedded within its structure. 

The camera is programmable to begin automatic recording through motion-detection technology, or you can use a simple stop/start function. The camera can record up to 6 hours of full colour VGA video (1280x 960) and audio on a 16/32GB Micro SD card -- which has to be bought separately.

Once downloaded on to your computer, you can quickly review whatever activities are taking place in your house. It is powered via a lithium-ion battery, and a USB charging and transfer cable is included. The photo frame is priced at £124.99 ($200).


An air freshener that spies on you

This air freshener contains a hidden Wi-Fi enabled camera which can transfer footage directly to a computer, whether it is a Windows PC, Mac, or mobile device including an iPhone, iPad or Android device. In addition, footage can be viewed over a local network, or configured so it can be downloaded worldwide.

The camera footage -- gained through a 50 degree viewing angle -- can be recorded through Wi-Fi or through an optional AV recorder application.

Tests have found that footage can be adequately recorded at an average of 12.5 meters. The unit has a five-hour battery life on a standard battery, or 12 hours on a long-life version. 

The air freshener camera is priced at £175.00 ($280).


 A smartphone interceptor

Eyetek's smartphone interceptor is a relatively new set of spying software to keep an eye on smartphone activity.

The manufacturers say that "the SmartPhone Intercept is great for keeping tabs your spouse if you suspect they may be having an affair, employees, children, and anyone else you wish to."

When the software is quietly installed on the target Android device, all activity on the phone can be monitored via an accompanying mobile console, although it will only work if the SIM installed is Wi-Fi ready. The software can track incoming and outgoing SMS messages, GPS information, incoming and outgoing calls, background noise recording and any file -- including video, audio and images -- that are stored on the mobile device.

In addition, the software will track and transfer any email records made on the handset.

The smartphone interceptor costs £149 ($238).


The Pet's Eye View camera

The Pet's eye view camera, available from Fly on the Wall, can be clipped on to a cat or dog's collar so you can record or take pictures of their daily exploits.

Storing footage on to a Micro SD card -- not included -- the camera can record roughly two hours of continuous footage, or up to 1200 photos in 10, 20 or 30 second intervals. 

The camera weighs 32g and is powered by a bilithium battery.

On sale at the time of writing, the Pet's eye view camera now costs £49.99 ($80).

Below is a video documenting what you can watch with one of these devices, although the owners in this particular clip used the Go Pro cam. 




 The RX10 Quad Band

Global Gadget's RX10 Quad Band cell phone jammer is a handheld cellphone jammer which works worldwide, according to the manufacturers. 

Covering the 800, 900, 1800, 1900, 3G-UMTS and 2.4GHz Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks, the signal jammer is effective for up to 30 meters. The device's settings allow you to choose which bands you would like to disrupt, and battery life lasts up to one hour. 

The handheld jammer costs £139.90 ($224).


 A camera-enabled watch

Spy Camera CCTV's stainless steel spy watch comes equipped with a hidden DVR camera that is able to both take snaps and record video footage when worn.

AVI footage, both visual and audio, is captured at 30 frames per second, at a resolution of 640x480. Images, saved in the JPEG format, are captured at 1.9 megapixels at a resolution of 1600x1200.

The 4GB memory and battery is enough to record continual footage for approximately two hours, and data can be transferred through an inbuilt USB connection.

The watch is priced at £44 ($70).


Eyetek's two-way adapter may seem innocent, but it also functions as a hidden recorder.

Activated through voice-recognition technology, the digital recording system is completely hidden under a functional mains-powered unit. Recordings are stored on a Micro SD card, and the amount of information you can store is only limited by the size of the card you use, up to 32GB; in other words, 24 days of recording time.

To stop you having to dig through hours of silent footage, the recorder will only begin when activated through sound-recognition sensors in the target area.

Small as they may be, they will hit your pocket hard with a price tag of £225 ($360).


Eyetek's badge camera recorder takes a symbol of optimism and transforms it into a way to spy on others around you.

The "Smiley Face Pin Badge" has a hidden, internal recorder which is able to record both video and audio footage. Equipped with a micro USB port, the badge's data can either be transferred via a USB port or by removing the Micro SD card from the product. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the pin badge recorder is able to record at a rate of 30 frames per second.

Each badge is priced at £65 ($104).


Available from Spy Gadgets 4 U, a piece of kit suitable for the office, the HD Spy Pen Camera, is a gimmicky way to record videos and take images in high definition.

The company says that the pen is perfect for "recording the best bits of your life in secret, family security monitoring, criminal investigation and evidence collecting for legal purposes."

Video footage is recorded in an .avi format at a resolution of 1280x720. Images are captured in .JPG format. A free 4GB memory card is included with the pen, and it is powered by a lithium-polymer battery. Footage can be transferred to your computer via a USB port.

The spy pen is priced at £34.99 ($56).


Available from the Online Spy Shop, this magnetic car tracker is a credit-card sized gadget which is able to send the real-time location of a vehicle to a mobile phone.

Through either coordinates or a digital map, you can keep an eye on either where your spouse is heading to, or check on employees using company cars. Once you sent a text message to a particular number, the device immediately sends you location data.

A computer is not needed for this gadget to work, and the inbuilt battery will last one week. The car tracker uses a SiRF Star III chipset and a quad-band GSM modem.

Each tracker costs £234 ($375). 


alarm clock spy gadget

The iShot alarm clock, complete with hidden camera, is available from Brick House security. 

Able to record up to 10 hours of consecutive video, the alarm clock's hidden camera is motion-activated -- so if someone moves about in the bedroom, you can keep an eye on what's happening. 

Once charged, the alarm clock is able to record .avi format video footage with a resolution of 720x480 pixels. The product requires a Micro SD card with up to 32GB memory, and images are captured at a rate of 29 frames per second. 

The product can be purchase for $59.95. 


A tool a step away from pens or badges, a product from Brick House Security is an unusual spying gadget which comes in the form of an office-worthy tie. 

A tiny pinhole camera embedded within the fabric captures continuous video footage, which can then be uploaded and is DVR compatible. The tie is battery operated, has a 4.3mm lens and an 80 degree field of view. 

The tie, however, does not come cheap at $249.95.


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