This may be better than a watchdog. The Motion Tracking Camera automatically captures movement by panning 180° and tilting 60°. Control the camera remotely with software via the Internet and set it up to automatically email you when it knows someone is in the room. The cam captures 640x480 res video at 30 fps and has a 4x zoom and built-in microphone that can record up to 20 ft. away from the subject. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, you need a high-speed connection. The 4 1/4 x 3-inch webcam plugs into your USB 2.0 and carries a price of $89.95.
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Digital Blue has teamed with Lego to bring an entire line of kids’ gadgets out to play. Included in the series will be a digital cam, a video camera, MP3 player, walkie talkie and other electronics. Although they will have the look of the blocks, fortunately the users cannot dissemble them. Look for a summer release. We bet this would be a good gift for those Lego addicted friends of yours as well as the kidlets.
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It’s Sony’s turn to join in on the inexpensive, YouTube loving camcorders. The Webbie produces up to 8.5 hours of HD MPEG-4 video or thousands of 5 MP images. At a size of 2.4 x 1.7-inches, it houses a CMOS sensor and records on the company’s ultra-small Memory Stick PRO Duo media. The Webbie also features a 2.5 swivel screen, an 5x optical zoom and simplified software at a price of $199.99. This spring, they will also have an upright Webbie available for $169.99.
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Thanko is helping you play spy with its Video Camera MP4 Watch. It has a built-in 4GB flash drive and can record images, MP3 and WMA audio and AVI video with its mic and camera. It also has a handy headphone port for private playback and it handles uploading, as well as file conversion, through your PC USB port. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, the watch has a TFT 1.8-inch display with a video resolution of 352x288 and a picture resolution of 640x480. Expect 3.5 to 8.3 hours of playback, a battery charge time of 4 hours and a price of $249.99.
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This is no ordinary Spy Pen. It has a cam and mic and captures AVI video and replays it on your PC, and when your covert operations are completed, you can use it as an MP3 player and USB drive. The device, at a size of 150 x 15 x 15mm and a weight of 45g, supports Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista and needs a two hour charge. The Spy Pen comes with earphone, USB cable and AC adapter at a price of $65.00.
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How about a Basketball Webcam to go with your Golf Mouse? The cam features a CMOS sensor with 100K pixels and an image resolution of 352 x 288. With an AVI file format, it runs at 12 fps and has auto white balance. The sporty camera runs on Windows 98/2000/Me/XP, and you can plug and play into your USB connection. It comes with CD software and a sale price of $12.99 with free shipping. But then everything is sent that way from Free Shipping.com.
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Pentax has released a limited edition SLR K2000 in white. It has the same features as its black counterpart, a Shake Reduction system, Smart camera operation, auto-picture mode, and a 2.7-inch high-res LCD monitor with 170º viewing. The lightweight cam has an ISO for faster shutter speeds, a dedicated help button and is compatible with any Pentax lens. Look for an $800.00 price tag.
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These may look like ordinary speakers, but there is a spy cam with a 3.7mm wide angle lens cleverly concealed. The Computer Speakers not only work with your PC, but with MP3 players, CD and DVD players as well. They have simplified power and volume control as well as a headphone output jack. Each camera includes a free wireless 2.4 GHz receiver (a $160.00 value.) Available in several models, prices start at $126.00.
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Nikon’s GP-1 GPS Unit can add geotags to your photos so that the latitude, longitude, altitude and time information can be noted. It features 3 blinking lights for satellite receiving indications and gets its power from the camera itself. It takes about 45 seconds to record from a cold start and only 5 sec. with a hot one. The GP-1 is compatible with the Nikon D90, D3, D300, D700, D2Xs and D200, although some may need a cable and firmware update. At a size of 2 x 1.8 x 1-inches, pre-order at J&R for $209.00.
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Want a new cam for the holidays? Kodak is offering specials on two of their EasyShares online. Today only you can get $50.00 off on their M1073 digital cam that comes in 4 colors, has a 3x zoom and takes HD photos with a 16:9 format. Save $70.00 off their Z1085 IS with 5x zoom and optical image stabilization and features SmartCapture. The discount is automatically tacked on at checkout and can’t be combined with other offers. Still, a deal is a deal, no matter how small.
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