On the surface, it looks and functions just like a normal NEC video player/recorder, but behind the perspex frontal panel is a video camera which can record onto the tape in the machine or onto a second machine. Australia's largest distributor of spy gear, Ozspy tell us that the machine is invariably sold to monitor the activities of babysitters and housekeepers to ensure they are meeting their responsibilities. Some people prefer to say to the babysitter that they have set the machine to record a TV show, while others prefer to have the unit fully functioning so they can see how it is used - it still records and works as a normal player, even when sending signals to a second machine. Fitted with a colour camera, the unit costs AUS$549 or in b/w it costs AUS$489. Contact Ozspy on 1300 553779, or at www.ozspy.com.au. Cameras can also be fitted to existing video recorders.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon