Quis Custodiet Ipsos T-Shirts?


The geniuses at ThinkGeek have a new one: the spycam T-shirt. The Electronic Spy Camera Shirt ($39.99) pulls a Purloined Letter by placing the camera's lens in the silkscreened shirt's camera lens. The shirt is a Bond send-up ("From Tokyo with Love").

The camera shoots still images at 640 by 480 pixels, and can hold up to 150 color photos. A remote control vibrates when you press the button, and you plug the camera in via USB to download images. You can remove the electronics in order to wash the shirt. I tried ThinkGeek's Wi-Fi Detector Shirt ($19.99) a few years ago, and it did get a wee bit hot and sticky in there.

After retweeting Laughing Squid Scott Beale's blog entry about the shirt, the immediate response from a friend? "Ooo, I bet the TSA will LOVE that one." The naked full-body scan would be particularly entertaining, I'm sure.

ThinkGeek was on the receiving end of a lovely write-up in Wired magazine a few weeks ago, in which it was revealed how many tens of millions of dollars a year the firm makes, in significant part from weird crap we love and caffeinated products.

The geeks who think will soon be releasing a real version of their pretend Canned Unicorn Meat--a product made entirely of unobtainium, despite the National Pork Board's concern. Wired says of the upcoming product, "open the lid and you'll find bits and pieces of plush unicorns designed to look as though they've been through the abattoir." Think of it as a sort of cognitive dissonance unicorn chaser.


  1. Goddamn it, if you fuggers are going to put pop ups on your webpasge, have the common courtesy to put delete buttons on the bling blang ding dag mfing things!!!!!!

  2. The TSA will go ballistic when it sets off the metal detector or they see the wires with their magic x-ray machine. Your last pic will be a blurry shot of three uniformed men wresting you to the ground. Plus, the guy on the shirt has a GUN! Strip search! Have fun!

  3. Can’t wait for the first report of a gaijin being thrown out of a french maid cafe in Tokyo (i.e. the one at Don Quixote in Akihabera) which have big ‘no photo’ signs , for wearing this t-shirt … . and well .. the design is now all over the internet …

    I actually like the t-shirt by itself … they should offer different styles just to make it more tricky to detect …

  4. The design of the shirt is quite eye-catching… I would think a better idea would be to have a more subtle design – as others have alluded to, this greatly limits the usability of the shirt. Of course, if you’re doing serious spy work, you’re already going to have better options – and you’re probably wearing a suit/tux, so there are better places to hide cameras ;)

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