Spy shows were all the rage on TV in the mid-'60s. Secret Agent Man was one such show. It featured the Johnny Rivers-sung theme that begins: "There's a man who leads a life of danger/ To everyone he meets he stays a stranger/ With every move he makes, another chance he takes/ Odds are he won't live to see tomorrow.
Spy shows were all the rage on TV in the mid-'60s. Secret Agent Man was one such show. It featured the Johnny Rivers-sung theme that begins:
"There's a man who leads a life of danger/ To everyone he meets he stays a stranger/ With every move he makes,another chance he takes/ Odds are he won't live to see tomorrow.
"Secret Agent Man, Secret Agent Man/ They've given you a number and taken away your name."
Hearken back to those days of unlimited travel budgets and gorgeous yet easily seduced women with the Spyer Agent Watch ($150 from skymall.com). As the name of this gadget implies, it's a men's wristwatch with a concealed color camcorder.
On the positive side, the videos this gadget shoots (from behind the numeral 2 on the watch face) are surprisingly good in normal or low-light conditions. The microphone, hidden just below the stem that sets the watch's time, also works well.
To view your secretly shot videos, you simply connect the watch to a computer with the supplied USB cable. Your computer sees this watch as just another portable drive, so you could elect to use its 2GB of flash memory as a portable thumb drive (or is that wrist drive?).
However, the Spyer Agent Watch also has its downsides.
With no way to view what the camera is shooting, more times than not my aim yielded something entirely different from what I thought I shot. The buttons that activate the camera (one for power and one to record) are not easily managed. Three of my videos never got recorded.
Since the watch is twice as thick as a normal watch, it's unlikely to attract those gorgeous yet easily seduced females. In fact, it might lead people to think your watch is concealing something. A recording device, perhaps?
You can see the video I shot with this gadget on YouTube. Just search for "Spyer Agent Watch." Frankly, my video isn't much. However, it's linked to a recording of Johnny Rivers singing "Secret Agent Man," which keeps the experience from being a total loss.
To that point, let's end this Gadget Spot column with my own final verse for the theme song:
"Beware of men with oversized watches/ Inside, a video camera might be hidden/ Be careful what you do or say, or it's on YouTube later that day/ Odds are you'll be mortified tomorrow.
"Secret Agent Man, with his Agent Watch/ They've given him a gadget and no one will be safe."