Top Ten Geeky Valentine Presents: For Him

It's that time of year again, where we all rush off to Clinton's for a naff card, a syrupy teddy and a box of Quality Streets for our loved ones. Yep, Valentine's Day rears its sickly head once again,…

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Gerald LynchTop Ten Geeky Valentine Presents: For Him

D-Link opens up home Big Brother options with its DCS-910 and DCS-2121 wireless network cameras

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D-Link has invented a niche it’s calling the “home security market” – and has released a couple of webcams to help you discover who it is that’s eating all the biscuits.

The DCS-2121 Megapixel Wireless Network Camera is the hottest of the pair, coming fully loaded up with wi-fi connectivity…

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Gary CutlackD-Link opens up home Big Brother options with its DCS-910 and DCS-2121 wireless network cameras

Minox DigitalSpyCam – neither surreptitious, nor sneaky

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Pictured to the right is the Minox DigitalSpyCam. It’s small, but that’s pretty much the only thing going in its favour. It’s just 3.2 megapixel, meaning that your phone can probably take better photos. It comes with a flash, but that’s even bigger than the camera, so although it’s still portable, it’s not exactly handy…

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Duncan GeereMinox DigitalSpyCam – neither surreptitious, nor sneaky

Fancy your very own spy satellite? Yours for just $10m

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Our lives are monitored by an increasingly sophisticated array of digital observers, be it from CCTV, speed cameras, internet usage monitoring, those blokes from TV licensing that won’t leave me alone… There’s no way around it, but what if – WHAT IF? – you could have your very own eye-in-the-sky, silently watching everyone and everything around you? That would take the edge off, right?

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Al WFancy your very own spy satellite? Yours for just $10m

The Lite Machines "Voyeur coaxial-rotor VTOL UAV" (US Navy spy-copter)

One of modern life’s great pleasures is cruising YouTube for odd videos of experimental technology. A lunatic on a rocket bike. An inventor with a death-wish positioning his head a few inches from a spinning rotor. A man risking carbon monoxide poisoning and all kinds of exotic death by using jet engines he bought off the Russian eBay in his garage.

And today, this – a twin-propeller, hand-launched spy helicopter drone thing you carry around with you in a tube until it requires deployment in a spying situation. Then you set it free like a dove of peace.

Maker Lite Machines was commissioned to come up with this spying “solution” by the US Navy…

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Gary CutlackThe Lite Machines "Voyeur coaxial-rotor VTOL UAV" (US Navy spy-copter)

"How to spot a hidden camera" – a lesson for the extremely paranoid

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If you’ve put yourself into the sort of situation where you’re worried about being spied on – say, if you’re a nanny or any sort of woman – here’s how to locate any spy cameras that may be installed in the vicinity.

The guide, courtesy of tech know-how site Instructables, uses the classic Blue Peter manufacturing tool – a toilet paper roll…

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Gary Cutlack"How to spot a hidden camera" – a lesson for the extremely paranoid

Discover what girls *really* do in bathrooms with the 'under door viewing kit'

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I originally asked Gary to write this product up, thinking he’d be able to add a touch of blokeyness to what is essentially a device that can allow you to perve on girls in bathrooms. Sadly, I think he’s worried about his reputation as he refused!

There are a couple of parts involved in the product, with the scope section used to slide under the door, in spaces less than a quarter of an inch which will give you a 55° field of view. The right angle adapter apparently gives you viewing access to the back of the door, just in case there’s a booby trap or something your paranoid mind might be curious about.

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Katherine HannafordDiscover what girls *really* do in bathrooms with the 'under door viewing kit'