From James Bond to Austin Powers, there’s one thing that all movie spies have in common: Gadgets. And while some of the spy gadgets seen in movies seem patently ridiculous – like the wristwatch circular saw that Bond uses in 1973’s Live and Let Die — others seem more useful, like the “sticky” gloves that Ethan Hunt uses to scale the side of a skyscraper in 2011’s Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Well, before you get your hopes up, we should probably warn you that neither of those products actually exists (as far as we know anyway). And while you will probably never get your hands on the crazy gadgets that you have seen in various spy movies, there are still many impressive gadgets available that will make you feel like a real secret agent. Here are 10 gadgets that will help you unlock your inner spy.
1. Mini Camera Camcorder Video Dv Dvr Hidden Web Cam
While many movie spies seem to spend most of their time shooting guns, driving expensive cars, and bedding beautiful women, most real spies probably spend most of their time, well, spying. That means meticulously collecting information, often with hidden cameras.
With a size that is barely bigger than a fingertip, this tiny battery-powered camera is perfect for those times when you need to discreetly keep an eye on the KGB agent in the interrogation room — or if you just want to see what the world looks like from your dog’s perspective. This tiny 2-megapixel camera can be stashed just about anywhere and has a battery life of around 90 minutes. All you need is a Micro SD card (up to 32GB capacity) and this device is ready to record video, photos, and audio.
2. SPY DVR Camera Camcorder Eyewear Sunglasses
For the times when you need to do some outdoor surveillance work – or when you just want to look cool while you record your daily walk – you can use these fashionable camera sunglasses. A camera hidden in the bridge of these sunglasses can record video in 720p for up to two hours on each battery charge.
3. Voicelok Voice Authenticating 8GB USB Drive
Of course, all of your intelligence gathering will be for naught if you can’t keep your data secure from prying eyes. Fortunately, now you can protect your data with a computer security technology that seems to have come straight from Q’s laboratory. This 8GB voice-authenticating flash drive is perfect for storing any sensitive information on. Simply plug the flash drive into your computer and speak your password. The red and green LED lights will let you know when the drive has been unlocked.
4. Spy Camera Tie with Wireless Audio Recorder with Remote Control – 4GB DVR Built-in
If movies have taught us anything about spies, it’s that they need to be snappy dressers. So what could be more appropriate for spying than a classy tie outfitted with a secret pinhole camera? This wireless remote control operated spy camera tie runs for up to three hours on a single charge and features 4GB of built-in storage capacity.
5. Mini Gadgets Inc CD60 Wireless Camera Detector
Are all these spy cameras making you a little paranoid? Well that’s OK, because when you’re a spy, it pays to be a little paranoid. One of the most basic defensive counterintelligence measures taken by agents is to make sure that their base of operations is free from surveillance devices. This wireless camera detector will detect any surreptitiously installed cameras – both wired and wireless – as well as RF bugs and wire taps.
6. Spy Tec STI_GL300 Mini Portable Real Time GPS Tracker
Cameras are great for gathering intelligence, but what do you do when you need to find out where the enemy’s secret base is located? (Hint: Always check the hollowed-out volcano first.) But if the volcano’s clear, just attach this Mini Portable Real Time GPS Tracker to an enemy agent’s car and track their speed, time, and position through Google Maps for up to two weeks on a single charge. And when you’re not saving the world from supervillains, you can attach this tracker to your pet’s collar to find out where it’s been hiding your shoes.
7. Sport Treavy Lock N’ Load Gun Alarm Clock target Alarm Clock creative Clock – Black
When you’re a spy, it helps to be an expert marksman – after all, you never know when you may have to shoot your way out of a dangerous situation. But even if you don’t own a real gun, you can still keep your reflexes sharp with the Lock N’ Load Gun Alarm Clock target. This unusual alarm clock features a pop-up target that you must shoot with a battery-powered gun in order to turn it off. James Bond-style tuxedo not included.
8. US Mint Quarter – Micro SD Card Covert Coin – Secret Compartment US Quarter
Sometimes the oldest spy gadgets are the most effective. This hollowed-out coin features a hidden compartment that is perfect for those times when you need to smuggle some top secret files across the border. Just remember not to spend it!
9. Seek LW-AAA Thermal Imaging Camera Lightning Connector for iOS Devices, Black
The Seek Thermal Infrared Camera is the perfect smartphone accessory for the spy who wants to get the drop on an enemy agent lurking in the dark – or who just wants to see the world like the alien creature in Predator does. This device turns an ordinary smartphone into an infrared camera that allows the user to “see” the temperature readings of people or objects. While this model is designed to work with Apple’s iOS-based devices, there are also versions available for Android.
10. Traveling Bartender 7 Piece Set by Brouk & Co.
From James Bond to Sterling Archer, it seems that every spy worth his salt enjoys a stiff drink every now and then. And no matter where your adventures may take you, you can make sure that you always have a mixed drink handy with this traveling bartender set. This waterproof carrying case features every bar tool a spy might need, including a stainless steel cocktail shaker, a jigger, a muddler, a strainer, a cocktail spoon, and a bar blade. Now you only need to decide how to mix your martini – shaken or stirred?