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10 Badass Spy Gadgets That Are Almost Too Cool To Believe

Think spy technology is only used in the movies? Nope! Here are some crazy devices that are actually real and have been used in real life.

1. Face-Scanning Glasses

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No, this is not "Robocop," and yes, they are real! The Brazilian Police will be wearing glasses with face-scanning software at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It can capture 400 facial images a second from about 50 meters away! They are using the glasses to help identify people involved in fights or other illegal activity.

2. DNA Capturing Pens

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These two pens are no joke! One of the pens is a weapon to fend off attackers, and the other pen captures DNA by taking a sample of the blood. Both pens can also be used for breaking glass.

3. The Lipstick Pistol

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This device was actually used in the mid-60s by the Russian KGB. The single shot weapon was called "The Kiss Of Death," and is now housed in the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C.

4. Sonic Nausea

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If you get caught spying, how do you get out of a tight predicament? Perhaps give the person perusing you an uneasy stomach? The gadget spits out "ultra-high frequency soundwaves which soon leads most in its vicinity to queasiness."

5. Pen Document Scanner

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Even new-school spies need to get a hold of paper documents. That's where the Pen Scanner comes in. The DocuPen RC800 lets you discreetly scan some papers while nobody is looking.

6. Unshredder

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So you found some documents, but they're shredded!? Just use "Unshredder," a computer program that reconstructs documents that have been shred in machines. It's much easier than trying to piece everything back together.

7. Maple Seed Camera

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These tiny devices are used by the U.S. military. Each "seed" has a camera and wireless communications. They are being developed to detect chemical or biological weapons in war zones, and also to find survivors in disaster areas.

8. DrugWipe

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If you are a spy that needs to find drugs (or the government), DrugWipe could be useful to you. It's a small and portable drug test kit that can fit in a pocket. All DrugWipe needs is the saliva or sweat from a person, and it can test if someone has been taking illegal drugs.

9. Bomb-Proof Wallpaper

Bomb-proof wallpaper is useful for spies camping out in dangerous locations, (or it could be used for safety in natural disasters).

10. Automatic Speech Translators

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For spies who work internationally, the speech translator application on cell phones is what they need. When making a phone call, the application will translate the speech to text right on the screen! Now you really can be James Bond, international spy.

Check out more wicked spy gadgets and technology in the webseries "Daybreak."

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