Special Equipment File
This cutting-edge device is a fairly recent innovation. Using microcircuitry and special infrared light-sensitive materials, these normal-looking eyeglasses allow an agent to see infrared light, as he/she would with a normal pair of infrared goggles. Agents can use the glasses for everyday use if they wish, with the lenses conforming to their optometrist’s prescription. For game purposes, the glasses work exactly like infrared goggles when used to view infrared. A tiny switch on the frames turns on infrared viewing. The glasses uses a micro-battery power source, specifically designed for each pair. Since eyeglasses are usually unique for each person wearing them, the IR glasses are custom-made on a per-agent basis. Agents may also wish to have IR sunglasses as a variation.
With a tiny pinhole camera in the middle of the frames, agents using this device can record video with complete secrecy. A wire, which looks like a regular athlete’s glasses strap, connects the eyewear to a hidden recording device on the agent’s person. This device has been used with much success by a number of organizations for the past two to three years.
This device is used frequently by police SWAT teams, the FBI, and other American law-enforcement entities. It is a scope that attaches to the top of an assault weapon or sniper rifle that allows full firing visibility in darkness. It can also magnify as a standard scope does. It is best used in dark conditions where there is very limited light, but not total darkness. Under such conditions, agents will have normal visibility. The scope can be used in total darkness, but will only give a vision range of about 700 feet. Used in conjunction with a high-powered sniper rifle equipped with a flash and noise suppressor, the night scope is perfectly suited for the assassin.
Detached from a weapon, the scope can be used as a light-intensifier monocular. This device is essentially a second generation starlite scope, using 1990s technology for dramatic improvements.
Eyewear Visual Communication System (EVCS)
The EVCS is by far one of the most cutting-edge device in use by espionage organizations. The glasses (usually sunglasses) look normal, but contain lenses that contain an LCD color display grid. This allows the agent to effectively use the glasses as a visual monitor, much like he would use a computer display. It is extremely configurable; the agent can use only a small viewing area for the display if he or she wishes. The system also comes with a discrete “wallet-PC” to use as the actual computer. This can do virtually anything a low-powered desktop PC can do, and an extremely compressed keyboard is included. It is linked to the EVCS via radio signal, with a fully encrypted datalink. Attaching the wallet-PC to a cellar phone will allow access to the internet or optional secure online system. This allows for immediate research on a target to be done in the field, if necessary. Also included are tiny earphones that discretely attach to the glasses, allowing on-the-fly online teleconferencing.
This small camera has been in use since the early part of the twentieth century, in various forms, and has been most used by the American CIA.It is very small, fitting into the palm of one’s hand.Its primary design is for photographing documents, and the Minox does so quite effectively.The agent must hold the camera about 18 inches from the document to get a good photo, since the camera is focus-free.It is extremely concealable. Earlier designs were made with metal casings and parts; modern designs use all plastic parts and will not be detectable in airport metal detectors.Film for the camera usually provides about 8 exposures.
This variation on the Minox camera looks exactly like a metal lighter, but when opened, a shutter lens is exposed.The “lighter”holds less film than the standard Minox, being limited to 4 exposures.It cannot be used as an actual lighter, and any close examination will reveal that the device is not a lighter at all.The lighter camera was used extensively in WWII and during the early years of the Cold War.Modern use has dwindled, especially in the U.S. where cigarette smoking has become less popular in recent years.