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What are the Different Types of Spy Watch?

Laura M. Sands
Laura M. Sands

A spy watch may be an expensive covert piece of surveillance equipment able to take photographs, video and record voices or it may simply be a toy for a burgeoning spy enthusiast. By its very nature, however, a spy watch is miniature technology able to perform helpful spy functions. Some act as a DVR watch, while others strictly record nearby audio feedback. A true surveillance watch is always an important piece of spy equipment, however.

A DVR watch typically features several hours of recorded memory. These surveillance gadgets feature a tiny video lens that is not visible to the average onlooker. Such watches are able to take still photographs, as well as record hours of digital video, which will play back in full color. Features on a spy watch such as this are virtually undetectable as watches also function as a normal wristwatch does.

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Another type of spy watch is designed more for a young gadget enthusiast, but may still feature impressive functions. These watches also record video, audio and take still photographs. Some, however, also allow for video playback directly on the face of the watch. Certain watches even feature videogame applications, yet this type of spy watch still operates as a fully functional timepiece, as well.

A spy watch may range in price and function, according to the sophistication of each gadget. A DVR watch with night vision and impressive audio-video capabilities may be considered a top-notch piece of surveillance equipment. A more simple watch that only takes still photographs may be impressive miniature technology, but is more suited for a child or a beginning hobbyist and may not be considered a sophisticated piece of spy gear.

While a spy watch is able to perform multiple covert functions, this is only possible if the technology each watch is capable of remains undetected. For this reason, manufacturers of high quality spy gear intentionally design surveillance watches to also be functional and as stylish as possible. Most have a sleek interface, but are designed with hardware that does not draw much attention. Quality watches are sturdy and able to withstand a lot of wear and tear.

Often, a spy watch can hold several hours of footage, which is can easily be uploaded to a computer. Different types of watches offer different levels of storage capacity, however. Some also are able to recharge simply by connecting to a computer via a universal serial bus (USB) port.

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