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The video recording spy watch is real!

The Thanko Spy Watch
The Thanko Spy Watch

If you're one of those people that love a bit of snooping action at the weekends, then have we got the gadget for you. The Thanko MP4 Spy watch might look like a chunky wrist-piece, but it also shoots covert video too.

Not only that, but it can take digital stills, play MP3s and video and even playback photos as well.

It even plays back AVI video, which some computers struggle with without the necessary codecs etc. (can you tell what file type annoyed TechRadar at the weekend when it refused to play?)


While it might not work with today's minimalist outfits, taking video at 352x288 resolution and pics at 640x480 in a watch is something we just can't help but like.

However, this is one of those 'Damn you Japan, why did you get it first?' gadgets, costing roughly £100 at today's rates.

But never fear! Most Thanko gadgets make it over the land and sea to the UK at some point or other, so just sit and wait. Or go out and do something else, it's up to you.

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth was in charge of phones, tablets and wearables at TechRadar for the best part of a decade and now runs the entire editorial team. He can instantly recommend the best phone for you, or can be found running around the nearest park with the latest fitness tech strapped to his wrist, head or any other applicable body part.