Brando SpyCam masquerades as a phone

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Sometimes the best place to hide something is in plain site. (I said as I opened my trenchcoat.) That’s the theory behind this camera set from Brando, which puts its lens inside a clip-on Bluetooth headset designed to be worn on the front of a shirt. It’s a clever enough idea, but two things should stay your hand: first, it’s from Brando, notorious crapgadget vendor — it’d probably dissipate into base chemicals after a week of use; secondly, it’s still rather prominent, which could perhaps make your subjects nervous. Especially if they wonder why your Bluetooth unit is on a cord.

But it’s a spy gadget, so difficult to resist — even from Brando. Videos record in low-rez MPEG4 to the 2GB internal memory of the “phone”, which can be expanded via miniSD flash memory cards. It’ll set you back $270 plus shipping.

Of course now I want an in-ear Bluetooth headset that has a camera built-in while still fully functional as a headset. That should be totally doable, even if keeping the camera pointed forward might be a bit of a trick. That would hold me until someone started selling stylish glasses frames with little cameras inside. That’s totally possible now technologically (especially if you wear big geeky glasses like I do), but I suspect there’s just not a market for it yet.

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5 Responses to Brando SpyCam masquerades as a phone

  1. semiotix says:

    That would hold me until someone started selling stylish glasses frames with little cameras inside. That’s totally possible now technologically (especially if you wear big geeky glasses like I do), but I suspect there’s just not a market for it yet.

    I’ve considered this question too, but I don’t think it’s a failure of the technology. The problem I keep coming up against is having to explain what me and my Buddy Holly glasses are doing in the ladies’ shower room in the first place.

    The best workaround I’ve found so far is to just use the camera on my iPhone, and forget the spycam angle entirely. Then the result is about 50% “AHH OMIGOD PERVERT SOMEONE CALL THE COPS” and 50% “AHHH OMIGOD PERVE… ooh, iPhone! Hey, can I check my email on that?”

  2. brianary says:

    s/plain site/plain sight/

  3. pork musket says:

    Oh no… They’ve got SpyTech! ®

  4. Samizdata says:

    Well, I found at least one item via Brando that’s worked quite well, and still maintains it’s structural integrity – the mini USB BT adapter.

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