Do you want to live out Yarlesac, your secret fantasy of being a spy with the help of gadgets for your cell phones, or do you want to keep an eye on your partner? Whatever your reason, these spy gadgets can definitely heighten the fun.
As a child, I always dreamed of becoming a spy. Judge and persecute me if you want to, but the fact remains that most of us dream of a life in the fast lane, with experiences that give us a head rush. Everyone wants access to gadgets that are so futuristic that you feel like you are in a different millennium. But since that dream remained a dream, I opted for the second-best option; becoming a writer. The inspiration came from something that British novelist Graham Greene once said, “The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. Everything is useful to a writer, you see; every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.” Okay, so maybe being a writer does not allow you to be in the most exciting situations. Still, you can create them and write about them, like this article, which allows me to tell you about those spy gadgets for cell phones that are a reality and allow you to spy on people, regardless of whether you are a special agent for MI5 or a suspicious spouse.
Cell Phone Spy Gadgets
While on the silver screen, a phone may morph into several different gadgets, in reality (or at least the reality that is available to us mere mortals), the gadgets are a little less futuristic. Sure there are technologies available to us that were unimaginable till a couple of years ago, but they may not be as awe-inspiring as you want them to be. In this article, we give you a roundup of gadgets that you can purchase from the market.
The first gadget that popped up during our research has gained quite a lot of popularity, especially amongst people who have been looking for something that can help you detect infidelity. The cell phone SIM card spy, which is available for a hole in the pocket price of USD 149, allows you to copy dialed numbers and deleted texts. All you need to do is procure the SIM card you want to spy on and insert it into the USB reader. It allows you to save all the data on the SIM card on your PC. What an inventive way of spying on your loved one!
Another gadget quite popular with spy story aficionados is the cell phone that is worn as a watch. It disguised a watch manufactured by a Chinese company called Galactus and features a touchscreen LCD with a virtual keypad and a Bluetooth headset. This tiny master-spy gadget also has photography and videography abilities with a spy camera located at the watch’s 3 o’clock position. It also plays audio and video files. Imagine having all that literally in the palm of your hands.
There are also spy phones in the market that come with motion detectors and call up a number to feed in if it detects motion. This facility allows you to check for intruders and lets you listen to any noise they make for almost 30 seconds. The detection range of this spy gadget is about 30 feet x 20 feet.
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The next gadget may not exactly be appropriate on this list, but we cannot resist having it here anyway. There is a gun available in the market which resembles a cell phone but has a .22 caliber pistol inside that allows the arms bearer to fire four successive rounds. To load the phone, all you need to do is twist it.
Many mobile operating systems have applications that allow you to convert normal phones into spy cell phones. For example, some applications allow you to intercept calls, messages, access photographs on the phone, monitor calls, etc. Many parents use these to keep an eye on their kids and also people who want to make sure that their partner is not cheating on them.
These gadgets may not be the miracles of technology that allow you to do exactly what your favorite fictional spy does, but it still allows you access to some pretty cool spy and surveillance equipment. Try it out to believe us.
For all those aspiring kids who want to grow up to become real spy, there are a few handy spy gadgets that you must have to have to fulfill your dream in the future.
The spy kids’ hi-tech spy and surveillance equipment in the Spy Kids Trilogy drove every kid crazy. Though they knew that every gadget used by Carmen and Juni was just fantasy items, it didn’t stop them from longing for these gizmos. If there are secrets to keep in the world, there will be spies who seek this hidden information. In simpler terms, espionage has a certain charm and intrigue that attracts both kids and adults. No wonder kids love to enact undercover agents who risk their lives to get hold of a secret that is dear to their country or solve a mystery that has left everyone stumped with the help of intriguing clues and cool gadgets. In fact, the gadgets used by a spy are essential to him and can make all the difference in his work line. So, if you are planning to form a spy group of your own, you need to collect essential spy gear to help you win these spying games.
Spy Gear for Kids
This is the most common and oldest spy gadget that you may need for sending secret messages to your group mates. Whenever you want to call a meeting of your fellow spies or convey some secret information regarding someone or some facts, invisible ink can come to your rescue. To write an invisible message, dip a toothpick or any other sharp object in lemon, milk, white wine, vinegar, apple juice, or orange juice and write on the paper. Let it dry completely. Just hold it in front of a light bulb or candle flame (not too close) to see the message. The heat of the bulb will make the message appear in brown color. You can also use sweat or saliva to write a secret message. Since all body fluids are fluorescent by nature, they can be detected under UV light. So, the person who has to read the message should have a UV light source.
This is a very famous war-time method of sending invisible messages. It adds thrill to the whole of the game of hiding a secret and protecting it from your foes.
This is a handy device for a spy when he does the actual spy work. It can be used to peep through the windows and doors without being seen. The periscope is a Z-shaped device that can be made from simple cardboard pieces. However, over the years, this device has undergone a few minor changes. The central vertically slanting line is straight in a periscope, and two mirrors are to be fitted firmly at the two joints where the slanting and horizontal lines meet at the top and the bottom. The angle of both the mirrors inside the periscope should be exactly 45 degrees, with the reflecting sides facing each other. The upper mirror reflects the image, seen from the upper hole to the lower mirror, which we can see through the lower hole.
Make the periscope as thin as possible so that no one can spot it while you are holding it up. Periscopes are used in submarines to spy on enemies.
Let us step back in time and cherish the mystery-solving skills of the bygone days. Forget super-gadgets that tell you the exact location of a suspect through GPS; get hold of a magnifying glass, and solve the ‘what,’ ‘when’ and ‘where’ of a puzzling mystery through the old-fashioned way. Put on the garb of the greatest detective ever known – Sherlock Homes and find out where your father forgot his favorite watch or some other little puzzles of your home and school through the good old art of detection.
Magnifying glass provides a detailed vision of clues left behind by the culprit. More than just cloak and dagger stuff, it takes the diligence of a focused spy to get to the end of an otherwise baffling secret. You can also embrace the spirit of an unrelenting spy and find evidence hidden in plain sight.
A walkie-talkie set is essential for a spy to keep in contact with his fellow spies. A ready-made walkie-talkie set is easily available in toy shops, or you can make one using plastic or paper cups. The paper/plastic walkie-talkie will work for a limited distance since it is made by attaching the two cups with a single continuous string.
To make this walkie-talkie, make a small hole in both the cups at the bottom and insert a string through it. Pull out the string and make a big enough knot so that it gets stuck in the cup. This is the best spy gadget for teams, which will help your fellow spies to communicate with each other. With the help of this device, you can pair up with your partner-in-sleuth and fool your enemies with elaborate schemes.
If you want to carry some object without letting anyone know secretly, the best place to hide it is in a book. It would help if you had a thick book like a dictionary. Keep in mind that the book has to have a hardcover. Open one-third of the book and lay it flat on a table. With a sharp knife, cut a rectangular hole in the thicker side of the book. The hole can be as deep as you want. A very thick layer of pages cannot be cut. So, cut out a few pages at a time.
Feel like walking in the footsteps of an old-fashioned spy? Then find a pair of binoculars and get your mission rolling. Carrying binoculars on the neck comes with the job description of a secret agent. Satisfy your curiosity with fine binoculars and explore the world around you. These binoculars can also be used for multiple activities like birdwatching, stargazing, fishing, exploring new places, traveling, or playing other games like pirates.
To get the actual feel of a spy, you need to carry fingerprint equipment to determine a criminal’s true identity. To make fingerprint powder, use black chalk, graphite from a pencil or charcoal and grind it to an excellent powder. Or, you can collect soot from the chimney directly. You will need a brush to dust away the powder from the crime scene and reveal the fingerprints. Clean and thin plastic sheets in small pieces are needed to store the fingerprints in the database and compare them with the suspect’s fingerprints. So, get moving to dust some fingerprints from cookie jars to catch the late-night snacker in your house.
Night Vision Goggles
You are not truly a spy unless you do a stakeout in the night, keeping a vigilant eye on things! For such a night, while prowling the rooms of your house or camp and doing your ‘secret mission’ work, you need a perfect pair of night vision goggles that will enable you to find out what’s going on even in pitch darkness. While some might frown upon kids using such high-tech gear, we know that such items actually come in handy for some night-time adventures. Be it a cookie hunt or a game of cops and robbers in your garden after the sunset; you can use your imagination and your night vision goggles to win from your competition.
A spy costume is the most important thing that any spy should always have at his disposal. Have a spy theme party and invite all your friends to play a game full of stealth and to shadow around. Use your wit and come up with ploys to get hold of a ‘confidential document’ from your enemy camp. To all my little aspiring secret agent friends, go out there and prove that you are indeed the next James Bond!