Another pen, another camera

The writing instrument seems to be the surveillance instrument of choice.

Vavolo

The pen seems to be the darling of the surveillance set. First we see one with a Bluetooth DVR , and now we hear of another with a built-in video camera.

The "ZRAD" pen camcorder apparently can't store any video but does send images and audio wirelessly to a PC or other receiver for display using "leading-edge stealth camera technology." It also captures only black-and-white images, though presumably this wasn't intended to create any Sundance or Cannes entries.

The pen-cam's $300 price would suggest that it's a serious device, but one never really knows with its manufacturer, Hong Kong-based Vavolo. Although it has developed some interesting products such as video watches and combo mouse remotes , it has also marketed $600 laser pointers and USB knee warmers . We're almost afraid to witness what they do next.

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