Statistics indicate that the United States continues having the highest crime rate of any other country in the world. One need only read a newspaper or watch the news on television to encounter story after story about a crime committed somewhere. Property crimes are the most prevalent followed by a variety of violent acts committed against individuals. It is not surprising that people feel the need to implement security measures in an effort to safeguard property and person. While many are somewhat familiar with the array of security equipment available on a commercial or consumer level, some ingenious tech specialists have created a number of unusual products designed to heighten personal security.
Many people use electronic timers while away from home for an extended period of time. These simple devices turn lights or other household items on and off at predetermined times in an effort to make it appear that someone is home. A product called FakeTV is one of the latest gadgets created to act as a burglary deterrent. Contained within a small box are an array of colored lights that illuminate in a timed display designed to mimic the constantly changing pattern seen from outdoors when a television plays.
SmokeCloak is another burglary deterrent. However, the booby trap-like system functions on the premise that criminals cannot steal what they cannot see. The unique technology involves placing the devices strategically throughout a home or business. Once an intruder enters, the units emit thick clouds of opaque, white fog that fill the entire interior in less than 30 seconds. Considered highly effective, the dry fog is harmless to people, pets and the environment.
Designed to catch a criminal in the act, TeleSpy resembles any conventional non-wall mounted landline phone. The fact that each unit has a power and landline power cords only lend to the credibility of the appearance. However, the phone actually contains a motion sensor. When movement occurs, the phone dials the predetermined number and allows the listener to hear the activity taking place in the environment for a full 30 seconds. The individual may then alert authorities that a burglary is in progress.
Unique Nanny Cams
So named when parents use the devices to monitor the goings on between caregivers and children, the popular pin-hole cameras are miniature in size and conveniently hide in just about any normal item imaginable. Consumers have the option of finding cameras discreetly hidden in everything from stuffed animals, clocks and lamps to soda cans, cigarettes packs and cigarette lighters. Some require a conventional power plug-in outlet and others run on variable-sized batteries.
Each device is created to clearly record color audio and visual displays at a resolution of 640×480 for two to eight hours, depending on the size of the internal memory or memory card used. Playing back the recorded data merely requires plugging the memory card into a PC, television or other device. The data recorded on cameras having built-in memory are viewable via a standard 2.0 or 3.0 USB cable.