Spy on Your Siblings With SpyNet Stealth Video Glasses

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My kids, much like your kids, I’m guessing, love the idea of spying on their siblings —particularly the younger ones spying on the older ones. My family got to try out a review pair of SpyNet Stealth Video Glasses and the fun has been going on for days.

Photo by Russ Neumeier

The SpyNet Stealth Glasses can snap low-res pics as well as capture video. If you’re just doing pictures you can hold about 2,000 on the USB drive on the glasses. If you’re capturing video you can hold about 20 minutes. Jakks Pacific is building on the line of SpyNet products launched in 2010. The sunglasses are one of several additions to their line in 2011.

Now, being the good GeekDad that I am, I had to try them out before the kids got to play with them — I mean, this is for a review and all…

Here’s what I found when I took pictures:

  1. The camera aimed high — so the things I was looking at didn’t always line up with the pictures taken. I tried the vanity-shot in the mirror in the bathroom (queue The English Beat) and basically got my nose and forehead and part of the ceiling. So, I’ve learned to tilt my head down a bit.
  2. The resolution is low – 320×240. Now, this isn’t bad for kids goofing around but compared to other camera-capable devices out there, I wonder if the kids don’t already have more robust cameras on their iPod touch… but a couple hundred dollar device compared to a $30 pair of sunglasses that take photos and video… it’s not unexpected.
  3. You need bright light to take decent pictures – I tried pics in the house at night with the lights on and they were dim. Outside shots worked much, much better.

To give a comparison, here are two pictures of my laptop from the same distance while typing this blog post. The first from SpyNet and the second from a Sony Bloggie set to the lowest resolution. For kids playing international young men and women of mystery and snapping pics of their unsuspecting siblings, the SpyNet glasses will work just fine.

Photo by Russ Neumeier (using SpyNet Stealth Video Glasses)

Photo by Russ Neumeier (using a Sony Bloggie)

Now, what did I find when I captured video? It was all right. The resolution was the same, but I captured my drive to work one morning… and I was surprised with the results. The video was pretty good and kept up with my turning to look at my mirrors. The audio mostly picked up the road noise versus the iPod playing in the car (even though I thought I had a smoking hot drive-to-work soundtrack going on).

There are two buttons on the SpyNet glasses. One is the power on/off the other takes pictures or video…to take pictures you press and release, but to take video you press and hold for two seconds. Easy to use and for the kids to operate.

The kids are enthralled with the idea of pressing a button and snapping a picture when no one is looking or realizing what they’re doing, so I know the fun will continue. Now, we’ll just have to stop the kids from posting pics of me on Facebook…

Wired: inexpensive photo/video spy glasses, the kids have fun with them, easy two-button operation.

Tired: low resolution, need bright light for good photos and videos

Full disclosure: the SpyNet Stealth Video Glasses were provided for review.

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