Thanko Spy Watch Shoots HD Video & Stills, Stores Data, is Insane
Why Would a Wristwatch Shoot HD Video?
It’s a more than fair question, but asking why Thanko does what it does is practically anathema to their entire business model. Which is not to say that the company doesn’t create some truly innovative and useful products, but, objectively speaking, their lineup also reveals a thoroughly practiced and adhered-to ethos somewhere along the lines of:
“Because we can.”
Cases in point include:
The list goes on. In truth, we’re jealous. Independent tech journalism pales to just like, you know, sitting around all day at Thanko headquarters dreaming up ways to shoehorn an HD camera into something USB-powered. Seriously, that has to be one of the best jobs on planet earth.
Now, to the matter at hand (yeaaaahhhh!), the latest addition to Thanko’s Circus of the Unnecessary but Awesome is a real and true wristwatch/HD video and still camera mashup...for doing spy stuff or something (images & video below). And hey guess what, it’s only $80 - hell, that’s an impulse buy right there! ...which, we suspect, is another tenet of the Thanko business model.
The teeny-tiny camera is built-in to the watch’s analog face, just below the 6 o’ clock. Actually, it is rather inconspicuous, and if no one were the wiser, it wouldn’t be readily obvious that a 720p camera was pointed at them - unless of course the wearer was a bit too enthusiastic with dorkily aiming their watch at people/stuff/their own face.
So yeah, with a mode selector, built-in mic with waterproof cap, USB port, video timestamp option, full A/V-out capability, and 4GB of media and/or data storage, Thanko pretty much covered all the bases.
It’s a watch, too.
Specs for the Thanko HD Camera Wristwatch:
- Colors: Brown & Chrome, as shown
- Band Size: 19 cm (6.7 in)
- Weight: 77g (2.7 oz)
- Video: AVI (1280 x 720; 30fps)
- Photo: JPEG (1600 x 1200)
- Capacity: 4GB
- Included Accessories: USB cable, AV output conversion cable, Mic Cap, English & Japanese Instructions
- Compatibility: Windows Vista+, Mac OS 10.4+
- Price: ¥7,980 ($80)
Glamour Shots, Accessories, Controls:
Watch; USB Charge/Sync; Line Out
This is pretty self-explanatory, yeah?
From top-left down: Mode; USB Connector; Shutter/Record Button - From top-right down: Time Dial; Microphone; LED; Camera