In the past we've noted (guessed) that as the economy continues its slippery-slide to Thunderdome, incidents of corporate espionage will continue to rise. And you know what that means: more cool spy gadgets! For instance, check out this 60 Minutes-esque hidden camera from Japan. Housed inside a phony smart card / ID badge (you can see the lens in the "d" on the word "card") the AME-105 is a 1.3 megapixel video camera that records using the AVI H.263 format at 352 x 288 resolution and 15 fps. This guy has 4GB memory, so it should let you do plenty of peeping, and when you're done with your Big Brother act, the footage can be offloaded to your computer via USB. Perfect for the little whistleblower in your life, right? All this can be yours for a mere ¥13,800 (about $155).

[Via Akihabara News]

Engadget HD Podcast 121 - 02.04.2009