Agent 86 of the "Get Smart" TV series had a shoe phone. James Bond had a camera built into a cigarette lighter. The list goes on. But the spy world of today is getting sneakier. You don't have "Q" to present you with necessary spy gadgets -- you have to do it solo. You can make spy gadgets out of everyday items ... and there will be no paper trail of your covert activities. You just have to use your noodle ... or your wristwatch ... or maybe some duct tape. You get the picture.
Things you need
- 9-volt battery
- Duct tape
- Jacket (with fold-down collar)
- Velcro strips
- Mini-light (flexible)
- Two small magnets
- Small compact mirror
- Mini voice recorder
- Super glue
- Small digital camera
- Large cardboard box of candy
- Small box of candy
Insert a fresh 9-volt battery in a high-quality long-range walkie-talkie set. Test the set to make sure both units are functioning properly. Tear off a small piece of duct tape and tape one unit's talk button down so that it will remain in the "talk" setting.
Hide the rigged walkie-talkie within the room in which you wish to eavesdrop. Ideas could be within jacket pockets, plants or behind books. Be cautious not to set the walkie-talkie beneath a cushion or in a drawer that might muffle voices.
Sit in the vicinity of the rigged walkie-talkie, where you have a clear connection. Hide your walkie-talkie listening unit in your pocket, beneath a hat or in a bag as you listen.
Calculate the amount of time you are eavesdropping and the battery life that is being used on the unit that is sitting in the talk position as you are eavesdropping. When the battery drains, it will emit static and its disguise will be discovered. Be sure to retrieve the unit before the battery is drained.
Cut four small Velcro squares. Sew two squares under the jacket collar on the left and two under the collar on the right side. These should be sewn along the collar line. The Velcro will allow you to choose from a variety of tiny gadgets that can be hidden beneath the collar for spying by using the double-stick tape for easy on-off removal to change gadgets as needed.
Mount a square of Velcro on a mini-light with a light at the end of a flexible antenna. You can easily hide this beneath your collar for a hands-free light when needed.
Glue a small, round magnet onto the side of the flexible light's end. Remove a mirror from a small compact and glue it to the magnet. Mount the mirror on the end of the shaft. This gadget will give you an adjustable rearview mirror for spying.
Mount a mini voice recorder beneath the collar. This gadget will give you the ability to record conversations. You can also place it in a jacket pocket or within the sleeve.
Gently cut the back out of the large box of chocolates.
Hide the camera inside the large box of chocolates. Position the camera. Mark the position on the box where the shutter will be. Cut a small hole where the lens is positioned so that it can receive light. Position the camera again inside the box so you can activate the camera's button.
Insert the small chocolate box beside the camera within the large box. Cut a hole in the end of the large box and the small box so that you can actually pour chocolate out of the boxes into your hand and eat it now and then. This makes for a clever disguise. You can hold it on your lap and snap photos or hold it to your face and pretend to be reading the ingredients as you take photos.
Hidden camera gadget
Remove a battery from an extra torch to use as a secret compartment.
Remove a button from the gadget jacket and replace it with a mini compass. You can sew a button over it to disguise it or a snip of material that you removed from inside of the jacket or sleeve.
Remove the bottom of a boot heel to use the hollow inside to hide items such as maps, compasses and more.