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By Kim Taylor

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Here’s a roundup of tech gadgets that will tide you over this fall – especially if you’re in the global spy business.

It looks like a pen, and it is a ball-point pen, but it’s also a camera. It’s the Video Pen. Wow! A built-in video camera captures up to five hours of video or 20,000 jpeg images with a swift click of a button, storing in the pen’s 4 GB memory – with an optional time and date stamp if you’re traveling through various countries to unearth corporate secrets. A microphone is conveniently (and inconspicuously) located just above the handy pocket clip to record notes while on the lam. Find it at http://www.Hammacher.com.

This flash of genius, Swedish FireSteel, was developed for the Swedish Department of Defense. It’s 3,000-C spark renders fire-building a simple task in any weather, including rain, and at any altitude. Appreciated by armies around the world, Swedish FireSteel’s dependability is valued by campers, survivalists, hunters, fishermen and urban grill-meisters. It’s a sure-fire way to keep everything lit when necessary, so keep those barbecue grills sizzling all throughout the fall and winter with this tool. Stock up at http://www.thinkgeek.com

Ever wish you could carry a light bulb in your pocket or wallet? I know I have. Now it’s easy with the Credit Card Lightbulb, which slides easily into your wallet and flips up to provide light when needed. It’s the same size as a credit card, and is battery powered for those times when you’re fumbling around in the dark, cursing yourself for not having one of these babies.

Originally published September 2010

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