The DVR Spy Pen (my Rocket Firing one is in the shop)
I have always been fascinated with cool spy gadgets from the first time I saw Q equip James Bond with a Garrote watch and a pack of Mini-rocket Cigarettes. I am still waiting for the laser watch that can cut through steel and helicopter in a briefcase. But in the mean time I will have to make due with the covert tradecraft tools currently on the market.
One of the most common tradecraft activities is collecting visual or audio intelligence covertly. As recently as 5 years ago covert color AV (Audio & Video) recorders that were smaller than a pack of smokes were outrageously expensive. But over the past couple of years the technology to shrink AV components has progressed so far that anyone can now buy one for less than filling up a tank of gas.
That brings us to the Color Video and Audio Pen, this is a rocking tradecraft tool for the anyspy budget. I picked up one of these a year ago intending to use it for a gig I was supposed to work on that ended up not happening. So I tossed it in my tradecraft box for a rainy day (I did consider making my own covert Paris Hilton type videos but later decided that was even too sleazy for me).
The Color Pen AV Recorder records audio and video in AVI format, the one pictured is a 4 Gig model that will record about 4 ½ hours of video. All you do to record is press the power button on the top (it looks like part of the pen), to stop recording just press it again.
To watch the video just unscrew the pin to expose the USB and plug it into your computer, from there it functions like any USB drive – just select the video you want to watch. To charge it, just leave it plugged in until the LED turns green. The video is recorded through a color pinhole lens on the front of the pen that is small enough that no one will spot it.
The AV quality is more than sufficient for most covert surveillance jobs anywhere a light is on (this is not a low-light camera). You can also use this like a regular USB thumb drive for covertly storing files or programs like Data Shredders.
The pen is fully functional and writes in black ink from a replaceable cartridge. This is a low priced covert tradecraft tool that would have cost you thousands of dollars 5 years ago that you can now buy for a song.
- Video Format: AVI 352(W) x 288(H) pixels
- Video Colors: Full Color
- Microphone: Built-in
- Flash Memory: 4GB (Approx. 4.5 hours recording time)
- Video File Size: 500KB per min
- Interface: USB 2.0
- PC Compatibility: Plug & Play
- Connection Interface: USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 Compatible)
- Data Transfer Speed: 700kB/s
- Support: WINDOWS 2000/XP/VISTA
- Battery Type: Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery
- Battery Up Time: Approx. 2 Hours
- Video Pen dimension length: 150 mm x 16 mm
Color Video and Audio Recorder Spy Pen >>>
20.00 to 70.00 depending on make and recording capacity
James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in his homes in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.