Some Police Departments in the U.S are going high-tech to help fight crime. They’re installing their patrol cars with automatic license plate readers or ALPR’s. These cameras read license plates of parked and moving cars — hundreds per minute and they can take pictures of the plates as they pass by. If a suspect license plate number is read, audible and visual alarms can alert the officer within milliseconds of the license plate’s capture.
The cameras can also take snapshots of the vehicle itself, along with the date, time, and location. Officials say that if conditions are right, the camera’s can even get a shot of the driver. I guess these things make for a pretty good case against the bad guy.
In this day and age, we have the ability to know everything that’s going on in our lives, even when you’re not there. With the advent of the surveillance camera, we have become privy to whats happening in our streets and shops, or even what our kids are up to while they’re at pre-school. Parking lots, airports, the grocery store, somebody is always watching us. It got me to wondering, whats going on in my house when I’m not home.
Not that I don’t trust my husband, but I know I’m not the only one who wonders whats going on when I’m not looking, so in order to “catch” my husband telling people on the phone how wonderful I am, or walking around the house muttering to himself how much he misses me while hugging my pillow (hey, it’s my story, I’ll tell it the way I want to!) I’m thinking about the Video Surveillance Clock.This small (2 3/4″ Diam. x 3/4″ D ) analog clock has a built-in, motion-activated video surveillance camera that records both audio and video and takes photographs too, it’s just perfect for checking out the action in a room or office.
Spy Gear has put out a lot of interesting toys for aspiring Spy Kids for a long time.
One of their most recent additions is the Security Scanner, which is essentially one of those metal detecting wands that a security guard might use put in a toy form.
Oddly enough, it actually works. I found that there was this dial for “sensitivity”. If it was turned up all the way, it would go off all the time. If it was turned midway and pressed up against the pocket, it detected any metal with a beep and a green light.
It has been a while since we have reported on our friends from Wild Planet with their Spy Gear line. The last time was with the Wild Planet Spy Video TRAKR.
This looks like something that Spy Gear would put out, but it is from Jakks Pacific. This is a spy watch that has an audio recorder that can do three hours of audio. It also has a camera lens capable of 20 minutes of video footage, and it can do still photos as well.
Since this is a Spy Watch, it has a feature that James Bond would love. It has a snake-cam that will allow you to see around corners.