When people hear the term “spy gadgets,” they normally call to mind fanciful images of cinematic spies like James Bond and his many incredible adventures. Who can forget the time that Sean Connery used a jet pack to escape some would-be attackers? What about that time Pierce Brosnan used a powerful laser built into a watch to destroy the lock on an escape hatch, running away from a train car just seconds before it exploded?

Many people don’t realize that while laser watches and exploding briefcases may be the stuff of fantasy, spy gadgets, in general, are very, very real. The hardworking men and women of intelligence communities around the world use them on a daily basis to do everything from evading detection to collecting data on those who are up to no good. Out of all the incredible spy gadgets out there in the wild that are actually real, there are a few in particular that you’re definitely going to want to know about.

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Thermal Camera

To say that your iPhone or Android smartphone is a powerful little device is something of an understatement. When you look at it from the perspective of raw computing power, even an original iPhone has more to offer than the technology that was used to send men to the moon in the 1960s. From that angle, it makes perfect sense that a lot of modern-day spy devices are designed to work directly with a phone like these.

Case in point: Many companies make accessories that turn your iPhone into a thermal camera in an instant. Once the device is attached (the same way you might attach a set of headphones) and the app is installed, you can get a detailed heat display of literally anything you point it at.

Cell Jammers

Speaking of cell phones, have you ever been in a situation where you were pretty sure your calls were being monitored? How about those times where you’re in a public place like a movie theater and you just wish the person next to you would stop talking long enough for you to enjoy the film you paid money to see?

Whether you’re an intelligence professional on the job or just someone who wants to annoy rude people, many companies make cell jammers that let you do all this and more with the press of a button. These devices, for example, let you totally stop ALL cellular transmissions in a short range – from 4G to 3G to 2G and even GPS!

Hidden Cameras Are Everywhere

These days, the idea that a camera can be hidden in a normal, everyday object is certainly nothing new. You can buy cameras hidden in wall clocks, desk lamps, pens and just about anything else you can think of. Some spy gadgets, however, take this concept to the next level – as evidenced by the Zippo-style cigarette lighter with a camera hidden inside!

Speaking of compact spy technology, you’ll also want to take a look at this unique coin. Not only does it look and feel exactly like a regular coin, but it’s also got a stunning secret – it’s actually hollow and is large enough to house a microSD card to safeguard all your personal data! If you were to use both the hidden camera Zippo and the coin, you could capture footage just about anywhere without anyone ever suspecting what you’re up to.

Dead Drop Bolts

If you’ve ever needed to get something small to another person but had to do so away from prying eyes, you definitely could have used a dead drop bolt. Based on an old Russian idea, these are designed to look like normal, everyday items – in some cases literally a bolt or a screw – that are hollow on the inside. You can use it to conceal whatever you need (like a piece of paper containing Dr. No’s nuclear launch codes, for example), hide the item in plain sight and get that data into the hands of the people who need it the most.