Sony alarm clock plays spy

For $2,350? We don't think so

Spycatcher

The "Dream Machine" as secret agent?

Sony may need to expand into new areas as some of its core businesses continue to suffer (read: iPod), but the spying game hardly seems like a natural fit. In fact, we have no idea why it would even want to develop a combo clock radio and spy cam like the one seen on Uber-Review, other than for the sheer novelty of it.

For one thing, there appears to be an endless supply of covert devices disguised as ordinary household items already on the market. Second, many companies have been specializing in this kind of product for years, peddling items like the " WiLife Spy Camera ." Finally, the price--1,170 pounds, or $2,350--isn't exactly user-friendly.

We do have to give Sony credit for one good decision, however: Not naming this product the "Spyman."

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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