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Practical Spy Gear: High-Tech Personal Electronics

Let’s rummage around in James Bond’s closet to discover some spy equipment with real-world applications
BY Bill Lindsey TIMEJuly 30, 2022 PRINT

Personal electronics have come a long way in just the past few years. This sampling of gear that used to be available only to spies just may prove useful in your daily life.

Lanmodo
(Courtesy of Lanmodo)

See What’s Ahead

Lanmodo Vast Pro Night Vision Driving Camera

$369

Driving on dark, snowy, rainy, or foggy roads known to be populated with deer or pedestrians can be stressful. This system provides a clear, crisp image of what’s ahead, up to 984 feet, providing you with time to react. An integrated dashcam records in 1080p high-resolution.

Ray Ban - Sunglasses
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Play It Again, Sam

Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer

$299

This wearable tech system lets you share adventures while protecting your eyes. From a bicycle ride through the neighborhood to riding your motorcycle along twisty mountain roads, the 5MP camera records what you see while three microphones capture audio and let you take phone calls.

Family 1st
(Courtesy of Family1st)

Track the Kids

Family1st Portable GPS Tracker

$29.95 plus monthly subscription

If you’ve ever wondered why the car’s gas tank comes back empty when you send the kids to the grocery store, you need this. Place the tiny module inside a vehicle, on a bike, inside a backpack, or even attached to a pet to provide 24/7 speed and location information.

 

Destruct Pro
(Courtesy of Lovelltec)

Keep It Clean

Destruct Pro Data Wipe Key

$29.75

If you sell your computer or send it in for service, make sure your business or personal information doesn’t go along with it. Using a three-phase data-wiping process, this easy-to-use device can be used as often as needed on any PC whose contents you need to delete.

Uzi
(Courtesy of SpyCentre)

What’d He Say?

Uzi Parabolic Listening Kit

$59.99

This comes in handy when you need to better hear what the referee is saying during a football game or want to listen to the songbirds in your backyard. The parabolic microphone and wind deflector funnel sound to an amplifier so you can hear every word or note clearly.

Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey is an award-winning writer based in South Florida. He covers real estate, automobiles, timepieces, boats, and travel topics.
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