The Camera Bag: Smiley face button is a secret spy camera


posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM EDT

Happy-face-camera-half-logoIt may look like one of those annoying smiley face buttons you still see from time to time but this "happy" pin actually has a more subversive purpose: it's a secret spy camera.

Called the "Chobi Cam Smile Smiley Pin Button Camera (Secret badge spy cam)," -- yes, that's a mouthful -- this camouflaged gadget can record 3-megapixel (2048 x 1536 pixel) JPEG still photos or shoot 720p HD video at 30fps in the AVI format. (Check out a sample video embedded below.)

It's a little unclear from the description at the Japan Trend Shop -- which is selling the device for $92 -- how it snaps stills and records video (do you press it?) but we're guessing it's probably a pretty simple set-up.


The camera is the size of an average pin and lets you record up to 60 minutes of video to microSD Cards (not included.) You can even use it to record monaural audio. The battery in the smiley face camera is charged via a USB cord (included).

Pair it with these secret Spy Camera Sunglasses and you're ready for the C.I.A. (or the looney bin).

Say cheese!

(Via Craziest Gadgets)

Smiley Face Spy Camera test video