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Effective Gadgets to Play the Spy Game

November 29, 2001|JIM SHEA | HARTFORD COURANT

The world of "I-could-tell-you-but-then-I'd-have-to-kill-you" is experiencing a surge in popularity. The CIA is now getting five times its normal number of applicants, the new movie starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt is called "Spy Game," and the government is asking all citizens to be on the lookout for terrorists.

Of course, if you're going to be an effective spook, you need the right tools. Below is a sampling of spy gadgets and devices that you can buy at the mall:

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Name: Digi Pen

Description: A long, slender USB camera that easily fits into a pocket protector. The USB function allows the user to download images into a computer.

Use: Gives owner constant access to a camera so suspicious people can be secretly photographed. The USB connection allows one to e-mail photos to headquarters (or friends and relatives).

Need to know: Disney Channel Store

Cost: $99

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Name: Smart Money Clip

Description: Tucked and folded into this sleek money clip are a red mini-light, ballpoint pen, precision screwdriver and small box cutter.

Use: Good for getting out of tight situations--like, say you are tied to a post and a time bomb is ticking. It also keeps your money together.

Need to know: Brookstone

Cost: $20

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Name: Voice Recording Pen

Description: Resembles a normal pen, except it has a recording capability that lets you store up to 80 words by pressing a button.

Use: Can be used to get bad guys to incriminate themselves. (Note: Would probably be more effective if it came with a court order.)

Need to know: Brookstone

Cost: $25

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Name: Night Vision I

Description: A pair of green-tinted ski goggles attached to a headband, with two small flashlights on each side.

Use: Although they won't allow you to see in the dark, they do give the wearer a nifty look. Plus, the two battery-operated lights make them ideal for reading classified documents in dark places.

Need to know: Discovery Channel Store

Cost: $22

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Name: Voice Changer

Description: A plastic container with an attached microphone that changes your voice to sound like Darth Vader, or a pervert.

Use: Good for those situations when you want to sound like Darth Vader or a pervert.

Need to know: Discovery Channel Store

Cost: $16

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