'Spy pen' isn't worthy of 24

Low resolution not good enough for Jack Bauer

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Speaking of Jack Bauer , this product is not one you'd find in the pocket of his Kevlar vest. The "Digital Spy Camera Pen" reminds us of something Ian Fleming's "Q" would have provided as standard equipment for Her Majesty's Secret Service. And with images of only 160x120 resolution, the quality is about as good as a gadget from the 1960s as well, though MobileWhack says the small file sizes mean the pen can store up to 36 photos. At $60, you'd think this would have for more than 2MB of storage these days. Then again, maybe it's all by design: Grainy pictures do add to the clandestine effect of using a spy pen.

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