Eavesdropping made easy

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listen-up-device.jpgEver wished you knew what somebody over at the other table was talking about? Assuming you enter a cocktail party, only to have the entire room fall to a silent hush before normal conversation resumes. Whispers are being passed by from one end of the room to another, and you’re dying to figure out whether you committed a fashion faux pas or you failed to zip up your fly. Whatever the scenario is, everyone could do with the Listen Up device that enables you to listen in discreetly, thanks to the credit card sized device.

All you need to do is slip it into your pocket, wear the pair of earphones, and adjust the volume to the desired level. This means you can watch the TV or listen to the radio at an extremely low volume without disturbing the general peace around. Of course, it can also be used for more sinister purposes as mentioned above, listening in on conversations where you previously had no access or privy to. The only problem I forsee would be crossing paths with an extremely loud, sudden noise like a firecracker – that would be very painful to your eardrums to say the least.

I don’t know about you, but the old guy on the product page creeps me out. Apparently at the top of the page he has this elderly blonde (I assume she’s his wife) sleeping beside as he uses the Listen Up device to watch TV at a low volume level, but going further down the page you see him smiling to himself as he eavesdrop on a conversation between two sweet young things, presumably without his wife’s knowledge. Could he be listening to just how much his daughter loves him, or is there something more sinister to the whole matter? Whatever it is, $14.99 for the Listen Up device sounds far too cheap when you consider the technology packed inside. Is there a catch somewhere that we don’t know of? Enlighten us in the comments.

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8 reviews or comments

Keyan Says: April 14, 2007 at 12:36 am

Cool, I want one! Do they ship to the UK?

More Gadget Thumbs » Coolest Gadgets Says: April 14, 2007 at 3:30 pm

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Al Says: April 14, 2007 at 4:42 pm

I don’t know if the ship to the UK Keyan, sorry.

We do use some automatic affiliate links John but it never effects how we write about a product, if it’s cool we write about it whether we get a commission or not and generally we don’t.

gadgetsaddict Says: April 19, 2007 at 9:15 am

Be careful with the products website because they will fooled you into ordering more than you intended.

Daniel Harrison Says: April 20, 2007 at 7:34 am

Looks a lot sleeker and professional than many of the spy ears devices you can pick up on eBay for around $5.

Maplin also sell a kit for £8 where you can make your own variation of this gadget:
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=32208&criteria=ear&doy=20m4&C=9895&U=SpyEar

Dan

Loganandavid Says: August 15, 2007 at 7:36 pm

I bought one for my grandfather b/c he is hard of hearing. I checked it out. It’s pretty cool, but it picks up a LOT of background noise. The noise can drown out what you want to hear. Becareful. They’re cheap in price and in quality. It on cost me $15.

Allie Says: January 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm

imagine how much fun this’d be at my middle school! XD but I don’t quite understand how it could zoom in on a particular conversation. Wouldn’t the sound ratios just stay exactly the same, going up and drowning each other out? I don’t see the use. I mean, if it could somehow find, like, certain common sound wave patterns and folow them or something…sorry if I don’t make any sense. I’m just a little girl who doesnt know anything about science. But do voices recognizably change the shape of sound waves? If so, it could follow distinct voices. Or common patterns, like how you can’t say a constenant by itself, it must be carried, and therefore you know what’s part of what, like a puzzle. Wow, can electronics really do that?

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