Spy Net: Secret Mission Video Watch
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- Record and playback video, audio and photos
- Secretly record up to 20 minutes of video, and over 4 hours of audio
- Capture photo evidence - up to 2000 pics
- Optimal charge time is 2 hours
- There is a reset button on the back which acts as a fail-safe feature to make sure that your young agent's evidence will not be lost
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The ultimate spy tool, packed with high tech spy features. Includes: real working video camera and microphone to record video, audio and even photos; full color 1.4” TFT screen to watch recorded videos and live playback; onboard memory to store your evidence and files; upload and download video missions from SpyNetHQ.com. Rechargeable battery and USB cable, included. Ages 8+. Battery charge will depend on how much the Video Watch is used. Certain features of the Watch require more power and charge than others. A quick trip to your laptop or PC, and the Watch can be powered up for more adventures. Heavy media use (ie Video): average 2-3 hours of performance on a single charge Idle use (not heavy on features): 5-6 days on a single charge. Optimal charge time is 2 hours.
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You can upload your evidence on the SpyNet website for access later. The website itself has been diffucult to access just after the holiday; I think they are having problems with the sheer volume of traffic on the site. The look and feel of the website (spy headquarters) is very well done. There is also entertaining humor in the mission presentations.
As far as educational value, this toy and the various missions are prompting my kids to translate time zones and solve other basic problems in logic. It also makes us use our imagination and we generally make up new missions as we go along. The lie detector app is really very fun. I'm not sure about longevity, but the toy seems pretty durable at this point.
All in all I would highly recommend this toy for all grade school boys and girls.
OUT OF THE BOX
The biggest downside is lack of instructions. That was the first thing I looked for as I unboxed it and it just wasn't there. They are downloadable from the manufacturer's website.
Programming the time was intuitive. I didn't need instructions for that. Playing with the rest of the watch took a little more muddling around, but it's not extremely difficult. Young children might have problems with it, because it requires reading the menu and selecting appropriate options.
The watch comes with a battery pack that must be disposed of. The watch is partially charged, so the kids can try it out for a little while, but it really should be charged up before use.
Charging requires the use of a USB port. This can be inconvenient if one is not readily accessible.
The watch can display time in 12 or 24 hour mode (military time). Once the time for your child's time zone is set, he or she can see the time in any other time zone. Wow, I could totally use that feature for myself.
The alarm function has several sound effects to choose from -- sonar ping, beep, klaxon, and a female voice saying "warning" -- very cool.
There is a stopwatch and timer included (which has the same sound effects as the alarm).
The only problem with the watch is that it goes to sleep after a few seconds of disuse. We have to wake it up whenever we want to see the time.
The video can either be done stealthily (only time displayed), or the child may choose to use the watch face as a viewfinder to film the action.
I like the quality of the videos. For a toy, it does very well. I've captured some video in different lighting conditions to show you the quality. What you see in the video is its highest quality setting. It can also record in medium and low quality modes.
The outdoor scene is under sunny conditions in the shade.
The indoor scene is excellent, considering the poor lighting conditions. That was done in a dark room, all the shutters closed, except the one near the cat.
There is a time laps mode, which it only does in spy mode (only time displayed on the screen).
There is also a non-stealth mode just like in video mode, where the image is shown on the watch face.
I've taken some photos for you to judge the quality. They were done at the same time as the videos under the same conditions. Again, for a toy, I think quality is terrific.
This watch can record audio in normal mode (shows sound waves), or in spy mode (watch face displays time).
There are two games available on the watch. One is SpyNet Defense and the other SpyNet Combat. They are very simple games. The defense game involves a little rocket firing at objects falling down on it reminiscent of old time arcade games. The combat game is two fighters duking it out. The object is to block the opponent's punches and kicks.
The games are not high tech by today's standards. In fact, those who are used to Nintendo DS will tire of these games quickly.
I didn't think this part would work, but the lie detector seems to be more accurate than not. This is the coolest part of the toy. The kids get a kick out of trying to trick the watch.
This thing detects microphones and it works! I tried it without other microphones on and it doesn't detect anything. The minute I turn on a microphone, it finds it. Amazing.
In order to use voice changer, go to audio first and record the audio. Then, go to voice changer and it will slow it down and make it sound deeper, or speed it up to make it sound like a chipmunk.
Don't throw away that cardboard card (like I almost did). It's not essential for game play, but it's neat for kids to see. Go to the SpyNet website, click on the 3D link and hold the card up the webcam. A 3D image of the product appears.
It's supposed to be a 3D image of just what we bought, but it seems to just scroll through everything. When it stopped on my product, I held my fingers over the "info" box on the card and it stopped the images from scrolling and I could look more closely at the image of our watch.
According to instructions, some 3D cards come with codes we could see by aiming the watch's camera at it. I didn't see anything on the card we got, but I got some codes from the internet and they unlock more games. One of them involves shooting the bad guy. If you are a parent upset about violent games, this might not be for you. I'm not sure how to remove the games after they've been unlocked.
Missions can be watched online or downloaded to the watch. The kids don't need to have the missions to play with the watch. In fact, I prefer not to have to download missions. It encourages kids to take photos and videos of this and that and then upload them. They are innocuous things, but still. . . .
+ watch, video camera, camera, lie detector, video games all rolled up in one
+ good quality video and photo for a toy
+ watch has all time zones, timer, alarm, stopwatch
- no instructions included
- requires USB port for charging
- watch goes to sleep in 30 seconds, must wake it up to read the time
- missions encourage uploading of videos and photos
- games are low tech by today's standards
- young kids may not be able to read the menus
This is a lot of watch in a tiny package. I am impressed with technology today that something like this could be a toy. My only suggestion to the manufacturer is to add a memory card slot so the kids can take more videos and photos. Other than that, it's a terrific toy.
My son is 11 and loves his spy watch. Last night, he recorded his theme song to it..."White and Nerdy" by Weird Al. He also loves the timer function for video. He places the watch in a random place and sets it to record for 5 seconds in 5 minute intervals. (or something like that) Then he watches his strange montage documentary over and over. To him, the watch is like a science experiment that he can wear on his wrist.
Next, we will see how he incorporates it with his Lego Robotics NXT (also purchased here.)
I purchased this here on Amazon in June of 2011 and paid $41.54.
It has loads of fun little extras. A lie detector, games, a "bug detector", a voice changer, and several other cool things that any kid would love.
The only drawbacks...battery life is not great. Also, you have to reset the time every time you charge it.
So far so good. She's happy with it and her dad and I are happy with it too.