Careful with the spy coins!

coin.jpgAccording to the American Defense department some mysterious coins were found in contractors that were traveling trough Canada (three separate events were registered early in 2006). Why the coins were mysterious you might ask? Because apparently they contained small radio frequency transmitters inside them, with the purpose of spying.

Yahoo news has an interesting article about the deal: “Experts said such tiny transmitters would almost certainly have limited range to communicate with sensors no more than a few feet away, such as ones hidden inside a doorway. The metal in the coins also could interfere with any signals emitted”.

The article also commented that “hiding tracking technology inside coins is fraught with risks because the spy’s target might inadvertently give away the coin or spend it buying coffee or a newspaper.” (no shit man!).

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Look Mom! I’m a cameraman!!! Also I can make this jump!! probably,,,

Sure, you mountain bike, snowboard, rock climb, fish, play chess, and drive formula 1, (this means you Coulthard!)

I’m sure you always wanted to bring back those living images of greatness when you jumped, landed, caught, or checkmated all your opponents in living color.

Now it’s possible for a reasonable sum of money! (that’s different than paying for the lipstick cameras that adorn F1 cars that cost a tad more than $100). Thanks to the ATC-2000 Action Camera from Oregon Scientific. A special thanks to the big guy over at Fat Cyclist, (his words not mine) for letting me in on the secret.

The Action camera is just what the typical adrenaline (and bbq salmon teriyaki) fiend is looking for.  Durability. Did I mention durability?  Yeah, cause I break stuff and I know you do too! As far as frame rate, you only get 15fps, which is more than fast enough to capture sports that require you to see what you’re doing.  Just don’t go play that Tron-lightcycles game, man that is hard to follow on video!

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Gift Ideas for the Spy in your Life

It may not be the wisest of moves buying other people spy equipment but hey if you’re married to 007 and are stuck for a gift then check these out:

GPS Tracker

USB GPS TrackerWe wrote about this exceptionally cool GPS tracker earlier in the year and it became our first ever Digg front page (which meant lots of traffic and new readers (thank you digg)).

Once the tracker has done it’s travels and it’s back in your possession you simply connect it to you PC and download the data. This data can then be plotted on Google Earth, Mapquest, maps.google.com and Virtual Earth to show exactly where it’s been, how long it took and how it got there.

I just think this is so cool (may of said cool a record number of times in this post) it obviously has the spy functionality of tracking somebody else but to me it is even more useful for tracking your own holidays and backpacking adventures. So not only can you bore visitors with your holiday snaps you can also show them exactly where you went.

Available from from TG for $249.99.

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Nanny Cameras Galore

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I’ve just stumbled upon a whole bunch of really cool nanny cameras which look like ordinary household devices for those who love secretive surveillance. These gadgets all resemble regular objects you might just have lying around your house and all contain good quality cameras to capture the goings on in your house in the sneakiest way.

The cameras come in a range of prices and with varying features. They go for between $139.99-$379.99 and come with both hardwired and wireless models. You can also choose between color and black-and-white cameras depending on how much you want to fork out.

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Hidden Light Bulb Camera

Hidden Light Bulb Camera
If you want a really neat and stealthy way to get home surveillance with minimal effort and no additional wires, this gadget could be for you. The Light Bulb Hidden Camera is an amazing little camera which is hidden inside a fake floodlight for easy and sneaky surveillance.

It’s very easy to install and works with any light bulb socket. Whether it is indoor or outdoor you simply screw it into the light socket and it can send the recorded video through your home’s wiring system to the receiving device such as a TV or VCR.

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Solar Powered, Motion Sensing Security Camera!

Solar Powered, Motion Sensing Security Camera!
I’ve written about a few solar powered gadgets, motion sensing gadgets and security/spy cameras in the past, however here’s an amazing gadget which combines all three technologies! This security camera not only powers itself from the sun, it also can be programmed to record or alert you when it detects something moving!

When motion is detected, the camera’s PIR motion sensor immediately begins transmitting video and audio to the receiver. When the receiver receives the transmission it beeps twice then begins flashing an LED light for one minute so you will know when to watch what’s happening.

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