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One of the biggest categories of spy tech is cameras hidden inside otherwise ordinary household objects.
There are bad reasons to hide a camera. But there are good reasons, too. Namely, because you want security, pet-monitoring or baby-monitoring cameras but don’t like the ugly and unnerving appearance of cameras in your home.
Spy stores sell fully functional lamps, electrical outlet plates, fans, air filters, thermometers, books, tissue dispensers, planters, smoke detectors, coffee makers, pencil sharpeners, thermostats and coat hooks that have concealed cameras built in. And if you’re looking for a more "timely" product, there are dozens or possibly even hundreds of different kinds of clocks with hidden cameras inside — cuckoo clocks, alarm clocks, traditional kitchen clocks and more.
One example of a very easy-to-use and practical hidden camera is the Xtreme Life Battery Powered Hidden Camera Wall Clock. The clock has a high-resolution camera that takes pictures when a human is detected within 30 feet of the camera — moving cats and curtains won’t trigger it. It's battery operated, and you should need to change the battery only once a year. The hidden camera saves photos on a standard SD card, the kind used by regular digital cameras.
It looks like a normal clock yet has a high-resolution camera, a PIR (passive infrared) motion sensor and a long-life battery. It’s also water resistant.