Gizmos by Category

Sinclair Stuff

Cameras & Optical

Clocks Watches Calcs

Computers & Games

Geiger Counters & Atomic Stuff

Miscellaneous & Oddities

Phones & Comms

Radio & Audio

Tape Recorders & Players

Test & Scientific Instruments

TV & Video


Psst...looking for cheap 

nuclear stuff?

Gizmos A - Z

15-station Desk Intercom

Academy 'Camcorder' Radio

Accoson Sphygmomanometer

Acos SLM3 Sound Level Meter

Acoustic Coupler

Advance PP5 Stabilised PSU

Aibo ERS-111 Robotic Pet

Aiwa LX-110 Linear Turntable

Aiwa TP-32A Tape Recorder

Alcatel Minitel 1 Videotex

Aldis Folding Slide Viewer

Alpha-Tek Pocket Radio

Airlite 62 Military Headset

Airlite 71 Aviation Headset

Aitron Wrist Radio

Aiwa TP-60R Tape Recorder

AKG K290 Surround 'Phones

Amerex Alpha One Spycorder

Amstrad em@iler

Amstrad NC100 Notepad

Amstrad VMC-100 Camcorder

AN/PRC-6 Walkie Talkie

Apple Macintosh SE FDHD

Amstrad CPC 464 Computer

AlphaTantel Prestel

Astatic D-104 Desk Microphone

Atari 2600 Video Game

Atari 600XL Home Computer

Audiotronic LSH 80 'Phones

Avia Electronic Watch

Avid Pneumatic Headphones

AVO Multiminor

AVO Model 8 Multimeter

Bambino Challenger Radio

Bandai Solar LCD Game

Barlow Wadley XCR-30 Radio

B&O Beocom 2000 Phone

Baygen Freeplay Lantern

Bellwood, Bond Spycorder

Benkson 65 LW/MW Radio

Benkson 68 Mini Tape Recorder

Benkson 79 Mini Tape Recorder

Benkson 92 Baby Sitter Alarm

Betacom BF1 Pianotel Phone

Betacom CP/6 Ferrari Phone

Bigston PS-5 Flat Panel Speakers

Binatone Digivox Alarm

Binatone Long Ranger 6 CB

Binatone Mk6 Video Game

Binatone Worldstar Radio

Binotone Radio Binoculars

Bio Activity Translator

Biri-1 Radiation Monitor

Bolex Paillard 155 Cine Camera

Bowmar LED Digital Watch

Boots CRTV-50 TV,Tape, Radio

Beseler PM2 Color Analyzer

British Gas Mk 2 Multimeter

Brolac Camera In A Can

Brydex Ever Ready Lighter

BSB Squarial

BT CT6000 Moneybox Payphone

BT Genie Phone

BT Linesmans Phone 282A

BT Rhapsody Leather Phone

BT Slimtel 10 HT2A

Cambridge Z88 Computer

Candlestick Telephone

Canon Ion RC-260 Camera

Cartex TX-160 Multiband Radio

Casio VL-Tone Keyboard

CD V-700 Geiger Counter

CD V-715 Survey Meter

CDV-717 Survey Meter

CD V-742 Pen Dosimeter

Casio CA-90 Calculator Watch

Central C-7980EN Multimeter

Channel Master 6546

Chinon 722-P Super 8 ciné

Citizen Soundwich Radio Watch

Citizen ST555 Pocket TV

Clairtone Mini Hi Fi Radio

CocaCola Keychain Camera

Coke Bottle AM Radio

Commodore 64 Home PC

Commodore PET 2001-N

Companion CR-313 Walkie Talkies

Computer Novelty AM/FM Radio

Compact Marine SX-25

Concord F20 Sound Camera

Connevans LA5 Loop Amplifier

Coomber 393 Cassette Recorder

Coomber 2241-7 CD Cassette

Contamination Meter No.1

Cosmos Melody Organ

Craig 212 Tape Recorder

Craig TR-408 tape recorder

C-Scope ProMet II Detector

Dansette Richmond Radio

Daiya TV-X Junior  Viewer

Dancing Coke Can

Dawe Transistor Stroboflash

Decca RP 205 Record Player

Decimo Vatman 120D Calc

Diamond Rio Media Player

Dictograph Desk Phone

Direct Line Phones x2

Dokorder PR-4K Mini Tape

DP-66M Geiger Counter

Duvidal FT-66 Tape Recorder

Eagle Ti.206 Intercom

Eagle T1-206 Intercom

Eagle International Loudhailer

EhrcorderTP-421 Tape Recorder

Electrolysis Cell

Electron 52D Spycorder

Electronicraft Project Kit

Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart Radio

EMS Stammering Oscillator

Ericsson Ericofon Cobra Phone

Etalon Luxor Light Meter

Euromarine Radiofix Mk 5

Exactus Mini Add Calculator

Fairylight Morse Set

FEP Microphone & Earphone

Ferguson 3247 Tape Recorder

Ferguson FC08 Camcorder

Ferguson FHSC 1 Door Cam

Fi-Cord 101 Tape Recorder

Fi-Cord 202 Tape Recorder

Field Telephone Set J

Fidelity HF42 Record Player

Fisher-Price 826 Cassette

Fleetwood Globe AM Radio

Fonadek Telephone Amplifier

Franklin LF-390 Guitar Radio

Gaertner Pioneer Geiger Counter

G&E Bradley CT471C Test Meter

Garmin GPS III Pilot Satnav

GE 3-5805 AM CB Radio

GE 3-5908 Help CB Radio

GEC C11B2 Electricity Meter

GEC Transistomatic

GEC Voltmeter

General Radiological NE 029-02

Gfeller Eiger Phone

Giant Light Bulbs

Giant Watch-Shaped  Radio

Gowlland Auriscope

GPO Headset No. 1

GPO Keysender No 5

GPO RAF Microphone No. 3

GPO Telephone Series 300

GPO Telephone Type 746

GPO 12B/1 Test Meter

GPO Trimphone

GPO Ring Microphone No 2

Gramdeck Tape Recorder

Grandstand Astro Wars

Grandstand Video Console

Grundig EN3 Dictation

Grundig Memorette

Grundig TK-141 Tape Recorder

H&G Crystal Radio

Harrier Pilot AM/FM/Air Radio

Hacker Radio Hunter RP38A

Hacker Radio Mini Herald

Hanimex Disc Camera

Harmon Kardon HK2000

Harvard Batalion Radio

Heathkit GR-70 Multiband Radio

Henica H-138 Radio Lighter

Hero HP-101 Intercom

Hitachi MP-EG-1A Camcorder

Hitachi TRK-8015 Cass Recorder

Hitachi WH-638 Radio

Hitachi VM-C1 Camcorder

HMV 2210 Tape Recorder

Hohner 9806 Organetta

Homer KT-505 Phone Amplifier

Homey HR-408 Recorder

Horstmann Pluslite Task Lamp

Ianero Polaris Spotlight

Ingersoll XK505 TV, Radio

International HP-1000 Radio

Internet Radio S-11

IR Binoculars No 1 Mk 1

ITT KB Super AM/FM Radio

Ivalek De Luxe Crystal Radio

James Bond TV Watch

Jasa AM Wristwatch Radio

Juliette LT-44 Tape Recorder

Jupiter FC60 Radio

JVC GR-C1 Camcorder

JVC GX-N7E Video Camera



King Folding Binoculars

Kodak Brownie Starflash

Kodak 56X Instamatic

Kodak 100 Instamatic

Kodak Disc 6000

Kodak EK2 'The Handle'

Kodak EK160 Instant Camera

Kodak Pony 135

Koss ESP-6 Headphones

Kvarts DRSB-01 Dosimeter

Kvarts DRSB-88 Dosimeter

Kvarts DRSB-90 Geiger Count

Kyoto S600 8-Track Player

La Pavoni Espresso Machine

Le Parfait Picture Frame Radio

Linwood SImple Siren Car Alarm

Macarthys Surgical AM Radio

Magnetic Core Memory 4kb

Maplin YU-13 Video Stabilizer

Marlboro Giant  AM Radio

Mattel Intellivision

Maxcom Cordless Phone

McArthur Microscope OU

Mehanotehnika Intercom

Memo Call Tape Recorder

Merlin Hand-Held Game

Micronta 22-195A Multimeter

Micronta 3001 Metal Detector

Micronta S-100 Signal Injector

Microphax Case II Fiche

Midland 12-204 Tape Rccorder

Military Headset 5965-99-100

Mini Com Walkie Talkies

Mini Instruments 5.40 Geiger

Minifon Attaché Tape Recorder

Minolta 10P 16mm Camera


Widget Of The Week

Casio WQV-1 Wrist Camera, 2000

A wristwatch with a built-in digital camera might not sound particularly interesting but back in 2000 when Casio bought out the WQV-1, it was a significant first. It wasn't an entirely new idea though. Sub-miniature film cameras have been shoehorned into watches since the turn of the last century. The first ones were chunky pocket or ‘fob’ watches, -- as opposed to wristwatches -- but they eventually managed that as well with a several now extremely rare models, like the legendary Steineck spycam from the 1940’s.


However, the size and appearance of some of those antique and vintage watch-cameras made it pretty obvious what they were. In contrast the WQV-1 is very discrete. You would need to be keen-eyed to spot the lens, but the crude – by today’s standards – image sensor, limited memory capacity and poor display, initially ruled it out as anything more than an innivative novelty product.


Starting with the basics, the WVQ-1’s combined watch display and camera monitor is a 120 x 120 pixel (14.4k pixel) monochrome LCD. Timekeeping functions include a 12/24 hour digital clock with date display, stopwatch, countdown timer and 5 daily alarms. The camera uses a 0.25-inch monochrome CMOS image sensor boasting 28k pixels. It’s mounted on the front edge of the watch body, behind a fixed focus (30cm - ∞) f/2.8 lens. It has an auto shutter and a rudimentary ALC (automatic light control) exposure system. There’s a 1-megabyte onboard memory, which can store up to 100 images. Pictures can be given a name, phone number, title etc.  -- up to 24 characters -- using a so-called Data Bank option.


Pictures can be transferred to another Casio camera watch or a PC (Windows 95, 98 & NT only) using a built in infrared (IR) data port. It sounds archaic but IR ports used to be common on laptops. Desktop PCs needed an optional IR transfer pack, which included an IR  module that plugged into the PC’s serial port and a suite of software for transferring and managing images. Two versions of the watch were produced; the one shown here has a resin case; the other slightly dearer model had a stainless steel body  


Taking a photo is an absolute doddle, touching the large shutter button below the display puts it into camera mode and pressing it again fires the shutter. Exposure and shutter speed settings are automatic but there are a couple of manual options. For everyday shots the default is Outdoor mode; indoors, you need to select 50 or 60Hz mode, which eliminates flicker from fluorescent lights and can affect the shutter in low light. There’s also a Merge mode that combines two images into one, and Art, which engages a strange duotone effect. Power comes from a standard 2032 3-volt button cell. This lasts around 6 months, thanks in part to an auto-off feature that blanks the display if the watch is motionless for more than 60 minutes.


I paid just £15.00 for this one, the opening auction price on ebay. It was a welcome surprise as they appear quite regularly and typically sell for between £50 and £100. The lack of rival bidders was a mystery, though. Maybe there was something entertaining on the telly that evening, or the somewhat brief auction title wasn’t picked up by the normally eagle-eyed collectors. It was in near mint condition and looked like it had only been used once or twice. Everything was in the original box and some of the items in the accessory pack were still sealed.


It worked too, and after fitting a new battery and taking a few test shots – a bit hit and miss because the LCD monitor screen isn’t backlit – it was time to attempt a watch to PC image transfer. This proved to be an unexpectedly convoluted procedure, making me appreciate how far PCs and peripheral connectivity has progressed. It was just like the old days and the first hurdle was to find a PC with a 9-pin serial port for the IR sensor. Luckily I have one, an ancient and very well used Sony laptop running Windows 98. Miraculously it still worked and after a fair amount of faffing around I managed to extract the images from the watch.


In retrospect it was worth the time and effort, if only for the sense of achievement and satisfaction of getting a lot of old tech to work together. As expected the transferred images didn’t improve much on the big screen. To be kind a 120 x 120 pixel image is little more than a thumbnail so the amount of fine detail is minimal, as you can see from this example (expanded to 240 pixels). It's a close up of a garden ornament, shot in near ideal conditions. Okay, so the pictures do not bear close comparison images shot on modern cameras in phones, watches and all kinds on gadgets nowadays. However, the fact remains that this watch was then, and still is, an impressive technical feat.


What Happened To It?

A quick check on ebay recently turned up almost six thousand wristwatches with built-in cameras, both still and video, with prices starting at under £10.00. In other words they haven’t gone away, and judging by the accompanying blurb some of the better ones should be capable of producing quite decent quality images, and that’s without taking into account all of the other apparently useful smartwatch and mobile phone-related features.


Casio hasn’t gone away either and they’ve been a leading light in both mechanical and electronic timekeeping since 1946. They've also come up with some really out-there designs over the years. Who can forget the first watch with a touchscreen in,1991? The same year they introduced us to the first wrist-worn fitness trackers and blood pressure monitoring watches. TV remote control watches followed in 1993 and a year later a watch with an infrared thermometer. How ever did we manage before the UV sunshine exposure watch from 1994 and in 1999 they managed to squeeze a GPS function into a watch. A colour version of the wrist camera (WQV-3) was introduced in 2001 and in 2004 they beat Apple and Samsung by a good 10 years with a watch that had an on-board contactless payment chip. It goes without saying that they’re still at it with some of the smartest smart watches, fitness trackers, outdoor and GPS wrist-wear in captivity.


Over the years Casio's ingenuity hasn’t gone unrecognised and there’s a very active fanbase and collector community, which suggests the £15.00 I paid for was a very lucky break. However, Casio are prolific manufacturers and the brand is hugely popular so there’s no shortage of vintage models on the market. Accordingly bargains are not that unusual, especially when sellers fail to adequately describe their wares, or omit important details, like model numbers. Prices are very variable and whilst the WVQ-1 was a historic first it’s not that high on most collector’s wish list. That may be down to the fact that the camera is not very good, or PC connectivity is reliant on obsolete technology. But don’t despair, it's worth seeking out and even though the camera might not be up to much it still tells the time and the calendar dodged the Millennium bug bullet so will show the correct day and date up until 2039.


First Seen:             2000

Original Price:       £250

Value Today:         £50 - 150 (0119)

Features                Timekeeping: 12/24 hour clock, day, date, 5 x daily alarms, hour time signal, countdown alarm, stopwatch, display time-out. Display: 20 x 20mm b/w 16-greyscale LCD, 120 x 120 pixels. Camera: 0.25-in b&w CMOS sensor, 28k pixels, Lens: f/2.8 fixed, f= 1.1mm, 30cm - ∞, 1Mb internal memory, 100 image capacity, Casio proprietary image format (convertible to BMP or JPG on PC software (optional £50). ALC exposure control, auto digital shutter 1/11 to 1/16600 sec, data comms: IR to another WQV-1 or PC via optional serial port adaptor, transfer speed 115,200 bps

Power req.                      1 x 3v 2032 button cell

Dimensions (ex strap):    50 x 43 x 16mm

Weight:                           44g

Made (assembled) in:     Japan

Hen's Teeth (10 rarest)    7



Dusty Navigation

About Dustygizmos

Crystal Radios

Transistor Radios

Mini Tape Recorders


Sinclair TVs


Tape Recorder Gallery

A - C    D- M     N - Z








More Gizmos A - Z

Minolta-16 II Sub Min Camera

Minolta XG-SE 35mm SLR

Minolta Weathermatic-A

Minox B Spy Camera

Mohawk Chief Tape Recorder

Monatone D 5151 AM Radio

Motorola 5000X Bag Phone

Motorola 8500X ‘Brick’

Motorola Micro TAC Classic

MPMan MP-F20 MP3 Player

Music Man Talking Radio

My Power Megaphone

Mystery Microphone

Nagra SN Tape Recorder

National Hyper BII Flashgun

National RQ-115 Recorder

National Panapet AM Radio

National Toot-A-Loop Radio

NatWest 24 Hour Cashcard

Nife NC10 Miner's Lamp

Nimslo 3D Camera

Nivico JVC TR-514U Recorder

NOA FM Wireless Intercom

Nokia 9210 Communicator

Novelty AM Radio Piano

Nuclear Enterprises PDM1

Olympia DG 15 S Recorder

Onkyo PH-747 Headphones

Opax Stereo Microscope

Optikon Binocular Magnifier

Oric Atmos Home PC

Panda & Bear Radios

Panasonic AG-6124 CCTV VCR

Panasonic EB-2601 Cellphone

Panasonic Toot-A-Loop Radio

Panasonic RS-600US

Parrot RSR-423 Recorder

Penguin Phone PG-600

Pentax Asahi Spotmatic SLR

Philatector Watermark Detector

PH Ltd Spinthariscope

Philips 13RF833 Turntable

Philips CD 150 CD Player

Philips Electronic Kit

Philips EL3302 Cassette

Philips EL3586 Reel to Reel

Philips GF300 Record Player

Philips N1500 VCR

Philips N4308 Tape Recorder

Philips PM85 Recorder

Philips P3G8T/00 Radio

Philips VLP-700 LaserDisc

Philips SBC RU 098 TV Remote

Phonotrix Model 1 Recorder

Pifco 888.998 Lantern Torch

Pion TC-601 Tape Recorder

Pioneer Hawaiian Phonograph

PL802/T Semconductor Valve

Plessey PDRM-82 Dosimeter

Polaroid Automatic 104

Polaroid Land Camera 330

Polaroid Supercolor 635CL

Polaroid Swinger II

Polavision Instant Movie

POM Park-O-Meter

Prinz 110 Auto Camera

Prinz Dual 8 ciné Editor

Prinz TCR20 B&W TV

Promax GV-298 Pattern Gen

Psion Series 3a PDA

Psion Organiser II XP

Pye 114BQ Portable Radio

Pye Q6 Two-Band Radio

Pye TMC 1705 Test Phone

R2D2 Lazerbuilt Novelty Phone

Quali-Craft Slimline Intercom

Rabbit Telepoint Phone

RAC Emergency Telephone

Racal Acoustics AFV Headset

Radofin Triton Calculator

Raytheon Raystar 198 GPS

Realistic PRO-62 Scanner

Realistic TRC 209 CB

Renown 402 Tape Recorder

ReVox A77 Tape Recorder

Roberts R200 MW/LW Radio

Rolling Ball Clock

Rolls Royce Car Radio

Ronco Record Vacuum

Royal/Royco 410 Recorder

Runbaken Ardwick Batt Test

Sanyo G2001 Music Centre

Sanyo MC-1/1A Mini Recorders

Sanyo MR-115 Tape Recorder

Sanyo M35 Micro Pack

Satellite AM/FM Radio

Satvrn TDM-1200 Sat Box

Science Fair 65 Project Kit

Seafarer 5 Echo Sounder

Seafix Radio Direction Finder

Seiko EF302 Voicememo

Seiko James Bond TV Watch

Sekiden SAP50 Gun

S.G. Brown Stick Earphone

Shackman Passport Camera

Sharp CT-660 Talking Clock

Sharp RD-303E Tape Recorder

Shira WT106 Walkie Talkies

Shira WT-605 Walkie Talkies

Shogun Music Muff

Silma 120M Projector

Simpson 389 Ohmmeter

Sinclair Calculator

Sinclair Black Watch

Sinclair FM Radio Watch

Sinclair FTV1 Pocket TV

Sinclair Micro-6 Radio

Sinclair Micro FM Radio

Sinclair Micromatic Radio

Sinclair Micromatic Kit (Unbuilt)

Sinclair MTV1A Micovision TV

Sinclair MTV1B Microvision TV

Sinclair PDM-35 Multimeter

Sinclair System 2000 Amp

Sinclair Super IC-12

Sinclair X1 Burtton Radio

Sinclair Z-1 Micro AM Radio

Sinclair Z-30 Amplifier

Sinclair ZX81

Smiths ECS Process Timer

Smiths SR/D366 Gauge Tester

Speak & Spell

Spirit Of St Louis Radio

Sony Betamovie BMC-200

Sony CFS-S30 'Soundy'

Sony DD-8 Data Discman

Sony CM-H333 Phone

Sony CM-R111 Phone

Sony FD-9DB Pocket TV

Sony M-100MC Mic'n Micro

Sony MDR3 Headphones

Sony MVC-FD71 Digicam

Sony SL-C7 Betamax VCR

Sony TC-50 Recorder

Sony TC-55 Recorder

Sony TR-55 Camcorder

Sony Walkman TPS-L2

Sony Rec Walkman WM-R2

Speedex Hit Spy Camera

Standard Slide Rule

Standard SR-V07 Miniature TV

Starlite Pocket Mate Tape

Staticmaster Static Brush

Steepletone MBR7 Radio

Stellaphone ST-456 Recorder

Stuzzi 304B Memocorder


Talkboy Tape Recorder

Tamrom Fotovix TF-56WE

Taylor Barograph

Tasco SE 600 Microscope

Teacup Novelty AM Radio

Technicolor Portable VCR

Telephone 280 1960

Telequipment Servicescope

Telex MRB 600 Headset

Thorn Radiacmeter

Thunderbirds AM Can Radio

Tinico Tape Recorder

Tokai TR-45 Tape Recorder

Tomy Electronic Soccer

Tohphonic HP-2T Intercom

Toshiba HX-10 MSX Computer

TR Gooseneck Microphone

Triumph CTV-8000 5-inch TV

TTC C1001 Multimeter

Uher 400 RM Report Monitor

UT-66 Video Sender

Vanity Fair Electron Blaster

Vextrex Video Game

Videomaster Superscore VM8

VideoPlus+ VP-181 Remote

Vidor Battery Radio

View-Master Stereo Viewer

Viking Sol Invictus Metal Detector

Vivalith 301 Heart Pacemaker

VTC-200 Video Tape Cleaner

Waco Criuser AM Radio

Waco TV Slide Lighter

Wallac Oy RD-5 Geiger Counter

Weller X-8250A Soldering Gun

W E Co Folding Phone

White Display Ammeter

Wittner Taktell Metronome

Wondergram Record Player

Yamaha Portasound PC-10

Yashica AF Motor 35mm

Yupiteru MVT-8000 Scanner


All information on this  web  site  is provided as is without warranty of any kind. Neither nor its employees nor contributors are responsible for any loss, injury, or damage, direct or consequential, resulting from your choosing to use any of the information contained  herein.

Copyright (c) 2006 - 2019



counter statistics