APRIL THANKO RODEO PART 2 OF 3: Fashion-Forward 1080p Video Spy Glasses

The Soul of old Akihabara?

We’re entirely open about the our dorky lust for all things Thanko. The Akiba-based company pumps out a steady stream of uber-Japanese products that often seem frivolous at first, but prove quite practical in real life. This month there were just too many, so we’re doing a rapid-fire posting of our favorite three (See also: Part 1 & Part 3).

And as we always say, sitting around at Thanko headquarters just dreaming up ways to build spy watches and USB-powered bento warmers and combination mobile chargers/hand warmers all day - and then actually creating and marketing the products - that’s living the dream right there. Way better than pounding keyboard! And among the dreams of Thanko:

Today’s Thanko: Fashion-Forward 1080p Video Spy Glasses

Putting little spy cameras in eyeglasses is nothing new, to be sure, but doing it with thick black hipsters frames - with feminine-leaning fashion being the intent - well, that is indeed somewhat novel. The stylish-to-some frames have four front-facing, identical 2mm holes, two on each side, which allows the camera’s lens and mic to just sort of blend into the overall design.

The glasses have two simple control buttons on the left-hand temple, which also houses the camera’s brains, battery, and microSD memory card of your choosing. After a full charge via USB, one can shoot continuous HD video for about 90 minutes, or just reach up and snap a quick 4032 x 3024 JPG of whatever one finds in front of one’s face - and look good doing it. At least to some.

Yes, these could be used for nefarious shenanigans, but Thanko properly warns customers "Do not use these for nefarious shenanigans." We're pretty sure everyone will ignore that, just like we’re pretty sure that Thanko will eventually put USB power or spy cameras in everything that exists, and the world will be a much more interesting place for it...or scary. Opinions?


  • Dimensions: Width 147 × height 32 × depth 145 (mm)
  • Weight: 28g
  • Power Source: 300mAh internal battery; charges via USB
  • Includes: Glasses, USB cable (1m), storage bag, lens cleaner, Japanese manual
  • Price: ¥7,980 (~$67)
  • Warranty: 6 Months

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