Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

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

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

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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