Thursday, February 7, 2019

FutureWatch: Smartphone Comes with Optical Spy Pen

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Electronic pen device having optical zoom – Patent # US 10,198,649 – Feb. 5, 2019


The electric pen device includes an optical system including a lens and an image sensor configured to convert an image signal of light that has passed through the optical system to an electrical signal. The electric pen device includes a control board configured to interact with an electronic device and a communication module configured to communicate by wire or wirelessly with the electronic device, so that an image or a picture taken by a camera is confirmed and an optical zoom is controlled from the external electronic device. more

FutureWatch spy implications: Phone may be concealed in the pocket, backpack, or nearby desk drawer. Take high quality photos by aiming the top of the pen, pressing a button, and automatically transmitting the photo back to the phone. Pretty covert. No word about it transmitting audio, yet. Leaving phones outside of the conference room won't be enough. You'll have to check the pens, too. 

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Thanks to our sharp-eyed Blue Blaze Irregular in the shadows of Pennsylvania for this.