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Six sneaky spy cams that’ll fool you

Here’s a quick rundown of all the odd-shaped surveillance cameras money can buy right now.

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So, you don’t think your spouse has a reason to spy on you? Where will he/she place the surveillance camera without you noticing? What about your boss? How will he ever know your little dirty secrets under your desk?

Contrary to what you may think, it’s easy to get spied with a hidden camera, for weeks, months or even years. Did you read ESPN reporter’s Erin Andrew’s surveillance story through a “hotel peephole? “ And if you’re a fan of Mark Zuckerberg, then you must have heard him say your security starts by taping your device’s webcam.

These days, spy cams come in all sort of shapes and sizes. Some will pass for your regular cup, making it hard for you to detect them. What follows is a rundown of odd-shaped surveillance cameras.

Water Bottle

It isn’t virtually impossible to notice a hidden camera in a water bottle. Plus, would you ever guess in a hundred years that there could be a spy cam in there? Of course not! And that’s the reason water bottles cams are super effective.  In other words, it is frustratingly hard to tell if there’s a bug inside a water bottle.

With such convenience, you can even mount a spy cam at your entryway to see who’s at the door.

Coat Hook

Imagine a motion sensor camera that mimics a coat hook! Now, that’s almost impossible to detect, right? Latest models can record high-quality videos with a resolution of up to 1280 by 960 pixels. And then there’s a microSD memory with a 16GB storage capacity. With a battery life of up to eight hours, you can be sure that a “coat hook” camera will capture your activities for an entire workday.

Wall Clock

Yes, some spy cams take the shape (and design) of a wall clock. Now, that’s surveillance round the clock (no pun intended). So, the next time you want to misbehave at your friend’s apartment, you may want to take a second look at the clock hanging on the wall.

State-of-the-art models are compatible with Apple and Android devices. Do you know what that means? Well, it implies that your friend can watch you from the comfort of their smartphone or tablet. Many models can record up to 32 hours, with a definition of 1280 by 720 pixels.

Smoke Detector

Any serious homeowner must have a smoke detector in their home. But, did you know that there are spy cameras that look like smoke detectors? Top models offer motion activation and can record day and night. A good unit will capture your activities at a resolution of 1280 by 780 pixels, so there will be no second-guessing on what you’re up to.

Ball Point

Your boss can record your conversation at work, for days. All he/she needs to do is to get a ballpoint camera. As you may have guessed already, these are super-efficient at taking up-close images. And, despite their size, they can record at an impressive 1920 by 1080 pixels. Some can also take JPG snapshots with a resolution of up to 1280 by 1024 pixels.

So, don’t be over excited the next time you get free ballpoint pens in the office from your boss. It could very well be his/her way of getting to know about your secret talk with your colleagues.

Floral Display

Your guests may love the beauty of the floral arrangement in your home. What they may not know, however, is that beneath the splendor is a high-resolution spy cam recording their every move. Plus, it would be hard for a burglar to tell if there could be a hidden camera in a typical floral display.

…Still, you Don’t Have to Be a Victim of Bugs

Sure, your close friend, boss or family member may have a reason to put you under surveillance. Still, you can tell if someone is monitoring you as explains. At times, all you need to do is to be aware of how to sweep a room for bugs and hidden cameras. Then, you can have a chat with whoever is spying on you, or find out if they’re doing it with malicious intent.

The Bottom Line

It’s hard to spot a bug or surveillance camera these days. Besides, evolved, smart spy cams can detect and record activities even in the darkest of nights. Be wary of your surroundings if you have a reason to believe that someone is trying to scout. Put differently, be in your best behavior whenever your instincts tell you there’s something to be afraid of in a room!

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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