Published on December 7th, 2011 | by Ruth0
Spy Cam Fantasies Realized With Looxcie
As children many of our staff cherished the dream of becoming a spy. As a vocation, it seems pretty awesome- run around fantastically dressed, complete physically amazing feats while barely breaking a sweat (or if you do sweat, it just makes you gleam in a sexy way). Not to mention the gadgets… cars with ejection seats that will drive themselves, poisoned lipstick, wearable secret cameras… We have yet to get access to a tricked-out Aston Martin, and the law might catch up to us if we tried for the lipstick, but a tiny wearable camera is finally a viable option, thanks to the Looxcie.
There are two versions of the Looxcie currently on the market. We tried out the Looxcie 1 (currently retailing at $120 on Amazon). Though not completely invisible to the naked eye, as our childhood dreams would require, it’s fairly unobtrusive as it hooks around the ear. The consensus is that it looks like a Bluetooth phone headset (it can also be used as one). That doesn’t make it exactly the height of cool to be wearing all of the time, but it’s far less obnoxious than it could be. The Looxcie 1 is white and rounded, while the Looxcie 2 (MSRP $180-200) is black with more squared edges.
Over the ear the weight isn’t very noticeable, but it did take a bit of wiggling to adjust it into position. Once it’s on, it takes some experimentation to figure out where the image frame is. It paired easily with our iPhone, but footage was as shaky as you’d expect. We chatted with a representative from the company, who assured us that image stabilization is better in the second version. The Looxcie 1 and the less expensive version of the Looxcie 2 have five hours of video storage, with a ten-hour version available for the Looxcie 2. The iPhone app interface was decent. Our video preview was pretty disjointed, but the final video is pretty smooth. It’s also compatible with the iPad or, if you’re not an Apple person, the Android smartphone or tablet.
It works surprisingly well in low-light, thought the image quality can be grainy. The sound quality is great. Though you should probably not plan on shooting your independent film festival submission with the Looxcie, it’s a great way actualize the childhood spy-dreams for the person on your gift list who is hard to shop for. It’s also a great self-gift, to catch some of the special moments under the tree while still getting to participate. We think it would be worth it to pony up the extra cash for the Looxcie 2. All versions of the Looxcie are light and portable, so you can keep it on and at the ready, or stow it in a purse or murse for the more fashion-conscious. Who knows when the chance interaction with a stranger in the bookstore will turn into a chance for espionage? With the Looxcie, you’ll be ready.