How to Build Homemade Electronic Spy Gadgets

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How to Build Homemade Electronic Spy Gadgets
Pinhole cameras are an excellent way to hide a surveillance device. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

With the wide availability of spy equipment such as pinhole cameras and rechargeable mini stick cameras, the average consumer can make a spy gadget out of almost anything. A simple Starbucks coffee cup can be turned into a creative ultra compact and concealed spy device. Since coffee cups are generally accepted for people to carry around everywhere, this is an excellent way to conceal a spy camera from view and gives plenty of versatility on where you can bring it or set it down to record.

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Things you need

  • Empty small Starbucks coffee cup with lid
  • Awl
  • Mini Spy Camera Stick
  • Clear packaging tape
  • Cotton balls

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  1. 1

    Use the awl to poke a small hole within the Starbucks logo on the side of the coffee cup. By placing the hole in the logo, it will effectively mask its existence as opposed to using the white area of the cup.

  2. 2

    Place the Spy Camera Stick on the inside of the cup and line up the lens with the hole. If you need to make the hole larger, use the awl tool and carefully widen the lens hole. Tape the Spy Camera Stick to the inside of the coffee cup. Make certain to test the video capability to ensure the lens is properly aligned within the cup.

  3. 3

    Fill the inside of the cup 3/4 full with cotton balls and pack them tight. This will help to prevent the Spy Camera Stick from moving around and loosening the tape.

  4. 4

    Place the lid on the coffee cup and be sure not to cover the hole with your hand if you're using this camera while mobile. Since the vast majority of mini spy cameras offer hours of video with every charge, there should be no problem with activating the camera inside the cup and leaving it to record.

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