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Published on December 7th, 2011 | by Ruth


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.

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The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.

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