April 22nd, 2010

ATmega328 fakes

atmega328 fake on the right

Sparkfun has a really interesting article about some ATmega328 from China which proved to be slugs 🙂 . This all started back in December of 2009 with the “global crisis” of ATmega328 in both DIP and surface mount packages. To avoid getting out of stock Sparkfun ordered these from a supplier in China which until then they only used for passives. When they got the chips and started testing they noticed the chips were not working at all hence the slug name. You can read about the visual differences between chips and how they used an acid bath to look under the hood. This is a very good lesson about getting stuff like microcontrollers from Chinese suppliers, you just can’t trust them. I was very close at the beginning of this year to making the same mistake. I was attracted by the lower price per large quantity, but I realized that its just not worth it to risk and get some fake chips.

Since you liked my previous posts about Spy gadgets , im going to continue the series with this new gadget a Spy cam hidden inside a gum wrapper, pretty cool i say. I guess everyone needed at least once a gadget like this , to secretly record someone, to incriminate him about something or to blackmail him/her although you know this is illegally and i do not encourage you to do so. To be completely safe you can just aquire this gadget and play with it, but we all know thats not gonna happen 🙂 .

Spy Cam hidden inside gum wrapper

Chinavasion presents us with this cool gadget that has the following features : a micro SD card slot for up to 2GB of memory, a hold switch for making sure the camera does not accidentally switch off, long audio and video recording range, along with 176×144 resolution digital clips in 3GP format. It also has a Li-Polymer battery so you can recharge it very easy trough the USB cable.

Spy Cam hidden inside gum wrapper

Here are some of the Manufacturer Specification:

  • Memory: No Internal Memory
  • External Memory: TF/Micro SD Card (Max 2GB)
  • Record Format: 3GP (176×144)
  • Built in MIC
  • Recommended Max Range for Objects: 2~3 Meters (Audio 1~2 Meters)
  • Power Source: Built in Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (recharge directly from USB port)
  • Dimension: 73x20x11mm (LxWxD)
  • Manufacturer Ref.: SZSR4DY96L28

Spy Cam hidden inside gum wrapper Spy Cam hidden inside gum wrapper Spy Cam hidden inside gum wrapper Spy Cam hidden inside gum wrapperAccessories:

  • User Manual
  • USB Cable

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