Embrace your inner secret agent with these fun gadgets to ensure you stay on top of your game and know exactly what’s going on, writes Felicity Glover.
Keep an eye on the action from the safety of your hideout or even from your living room sofa with the Spy Gear Spy Video Car VX-6. This RC spy car comes complete with a range of features, allowing you to view real-time video from a colour LCD screen on the remote controller. Even better, it comes with night vision technology, which means your covert operation doesn’t have to come to an end when the sun goes down. At www.amazon.com from RO48.
Stuck behind enemy lines? Get a jump on everybody else with the MONITOR4EC Energy Compensated Analog-Based Ionizing Radiation Detector to ensure your safety. The hand-held detector is used to check the levels of potentially harmful ionizing alpha and beta particles and even comes with an internal Geiger Mueller (GM) tube. However, we suspect that this is for serious secret agents, rather than your neighbourhood sleuths. At www.amazon.com from RO150.
Real spies need thermal imaging cameras but then again the E8 Thermal Imaging Camera with MSX can even help the DIYers who are experiencing plumbing, roofing and electrical problems. The advanced MSX Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging) technology gives users enhanced, high-resolution images that can capture even the smallest of details, such as numbers, signage and labels. Get yours at www.amazon.com from a very pricey RO954.8.
App of the Week:
Every spy needs a Spy Kit and this app comes with just about everything you need to get you started in the world of super sleuths. The app stores all the features in a built-in vault, making sure nobody can see what you are doing. It includes a stealth cam, which takes pictures whenever your device moves or detects sound and a “bug” that will turn your phone into a recording device when triggered by sound and motion. You can make “covert” calls and even switch on a “strobe” pacifier that helps to calm people down. Meanwhile, the built-in vault allows you to securely hide your recordings and photos as it’s password- protected. What are you waiting for? It’s time to go out into the cold! From RO0.38 at iTunes.
Need to do some secret filming? Then the Spy Digital Alarm Clock DVR could be the answer. You literally “hide” the camera in plain sight thanks to its clever disguise as a fully functional alarm clock. It’s perfect for secret video surveillance, such as keeping an eye on your home or even your kids if you are stuck in the office working late. Features include video and audio, audio only, still photo, motion detector, while it also works as a webcam. At www.amazon.com from RO7.5.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
-By Alvin Thomas
There’s something about a Tom Clancy game that no other can quite capture. Perhaps that has to do with the fact that Tom Clancy was actually one of the best war-thriller authors in the world. And the beneficiaries of his skills were us gamers, who received a sundry of games that had more than just violence and slew actions; they were like mini-novels unfolding before us on a television or computer screen.
As a matter of fact, I was so fascinated by his Splinter Cell game series that I possess most of the game CDs, They were extremely tactical, and had the best storylines tagged along with a game at that time. Apparently, there’s a Splinter Cell movie slated for release soon, too.
Today, however, the star of the hour is The Division, and I cannot help but notice how similar the two games are to each other – and that’s a great thing. There’s plenty to look forward to here.
The storyline is quite intense: The Division is set in a near-future New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox epidemic outbreak, and you’re an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division; call it a spin-off Homeland Security, if you may. Your task, as the agent, is to help the group rebuild its operations in NYC and investigate the nature of the outbreak, and at the same time, also hold the city by the scruff of the neck to avoid any form of criminal outbreak.
Mind you, it’s easier said than done. Why? For starters, The Division is only available online so your gaming experience will pretty much be linked to the speed of your Internet connection. Expect a lot of hiccups, including dropped frames as well as frozen screens during gameplay. Ubisoft (creators of the game) servers have so far been known to drop players randomly too.
But the satisfaction you receive when it all goes right is immense. There’s something oddly satisfying about firing a gun in a desolate city. And the eeriness is sky-high too, with potential danger poised to strike from every direction.
This really is one of those games, which you should try before you purchase your next Call of Duty game. It’s worth every penny.
Third person shooter
Ps4, Xbox One, PC (Online only)