Create the illusion of surveillance with the Spion lamp

Spion means "spy" in German, and in English sounds a lot like "spy on," so it's no surprise that there are plenty of crappy spy gadgets named Spion out there.

But what about this lamp that looks like a mirrored elevator security camera when it's off and an infrared-capable camera when it's on? Will it actually tell you what your wife is doing when you're not home or what the employees are up to on your day off? Well, no. This Spion lamp was designed by Verner Panton in 1971, long before super-tiny cameras were the norm. Panton had the right idea, though. If your employees assume that they're being recorded, then they'll behave, right? The beauty of the Panopticon is that you don't actually have to watch.

Spion, via Funfurde