If you see this wall hook while trying on clothes at a fitting room in a mall or doing your business in a bathroom, run. Why? Because it’s not just a place to hang your clothes — it’s a creepy spy camcorder, too.
Called the Wall Hook Coat Hanger Camcorder, the erstwhile innocent-looking wall fixture hides a video camera triggered by a motion sensor. The moment it detects any action (provided it’s turned on), it starts shooting and recording, committing everything you do to its microSD memory.
The camera lens sit at the hole near the top, so hanging pieces of clothing on the actual hooks won’t obscure the view. Body is made from plastic in a crappy, black, plasticky finish, measuring 11.4 x 6.0 x 3.5 cm. Power button, microUSB port (for charging) and the microSD card slot all sit in the back, where they hide from the naked eye. There’s also a secret button in the front (that flap along the same level as the upper hook), which lets you manually start and stop recording.
It records both audio and full-color video in VGA format, so you can get the full sights and sounds of your brother crapping in the toilet, making for an awesome blackmail video. Maximum video quality is VGA (640 x 480 resolution) at 28 fps, so it should be pretty crappy. Still, all the evil you can commit with something this unassuming is just insidious.
I’ve seen all manners of secret spy cameras and the Wall Hook Coat Hanger Camcorder has to be one of the sneakiest I’ve come across yet. You can get one from gadget retailer Brando, priced at $36.