The Top 10 Russian Dash Camera Videos

16 Sep

By far, the number one reason to own a dash camera has to do with your own protection. Not only can a camera be an ideal way to document the activity around your car for later reference, but that footage may just come in handy in a court of law in the event of an accident. A close second, however, is that you just might capture something extraordinary — as these top 10 Russian dash camera videos help prove. After viewing these videos, you will see why dash cameras are so popular with our good friends on the other side of the world.

1. Cartoon Chaos

To say that certain areas of Russia can be a bit on the dangerous side is something of an understatement. Still, when you get behind the wheel of your car to head out for the night, one thing you probably don’t expect to see is a group of people dressed like famous cartoon characters. You also probably don’t expect to be assaulted by those same characters, but luckily, this driver had his dashcam recording to capture the action.

2. Beware Tornadoes

They say that most car accidents happen when you’re less than a mile away from your home. As one Russian driver found out, this is very true — however, the cause of the accident isn’t always another driver. Sometimes, what you really need to be mindful of are tornadoes, as his poor (destroyed) garage illustrates perfectly.

3. The Murmansk Meteor

Drive around with a dashcam for long enough, and you learn a pretty valuable lesson relatively quickly: You never really know what you might capture. Drivers all across Murmansk probably didn’t expect to capture stunning footage of a meteor in the sky one morning in April of 2014, but that’s just what they ended up seeing unfold in front of them.

4. Rock vs. Shovel

Road rage is unfortunately pretty common across Russia, but sometimes the actual shape that rage takes can be pretty surprising.This video, which starts out as a typical argument between two drivers, quickly turns into a rare “knife vs. shovel” fight that needs to be seen to be believed.

5. “Is that a… tank?!”

If you came into work one morning and told your friends that you just passed a flipped-over tank on the side of the road, nobody would believe you. If you were this enterprising young driver and had your dash camera recording, however, you’d have all the proof you need (and a pretty incredible story to tell, as well).

6. The Great Russian Tanker Truck Explosion

If you’re a fan of Hollywood films, you’ve probably thought to yourself at one point or another, “Man, it would be really great to live a life as exciting as those action movies I see every Friday night.” After taking a minute to view this epic Russian dashcam video, however, you may want to think again. As one driver learns, seeing a Russian tanker truck explode right in front of you is harrowing — to say nothing of how scary it is when it explodes 35 more times!

7. Watch Out for Tanker Trucks

At some point, every driver will have a moment behind the wheel when they’re pretty sure an accident is about to occur. The Russian driver from this dashcam video, however, was more than sure — he was really, really positive as he captured a runaway tanker truck sliding right for him!

8. Lightning Strikes Are Terrifying

If you’ve ever been anywhere near a lightning strike, you know just how scary they can be when you’re up close and personal. If you happen to be on the road and see a fellow driver get struck by lightning, as this Russian dashcam video shows, you may think twice about ever going outside during a storm again.

9. Insurance Scams

Fun fact: One of the reasons why dash cameras are so popular in Russia has to do with the wave of (hilariously bad) insurance scams that happen across the country. If you’ve ever wondered what such an insurance scam might look like, just watch this video and see why so many drivers across Russia are turning toward modern technology to protect themselves. The scary thing is that without a dashcam, scams like this just might work.

10. Random Acts of Kindness

Finally, one of the most incredible Russian dashcam videos of all has nothing to do with meteors or tanks or people fighting with knives and shoves. As this compilation of random acts of kindness captured by dashcams across Russia shows, there are still good people in this world after all.

Mobius 2 Action Camera

16 Sep

After what seems like a lifetime of anticipation, the Mobius 2 action cam has finally arrived for consumers everywhere to purchase. In addition to all of the basic features that one would expect from the unit (such as the ability to easily attach to a car’s windshield using a suction mount and the convenience of an incredible two-hour battery life), the Mobius 2 also brings a wide range of advancements to the table that make it a more-than-worthy successor to the original Mobius unit.

Capture Every Last Movement in Stunning Detail

Perhaps the most important feature that the Mobius 2 brings to the table has to do with how the unit handles motion. Thanks to its built-in H.265 HEVC and H.264 AVC compression technologies, the Mobius 2 can easily handle longer recording times at full HD 1080P 60 fps than its leading competitors. While the original Mobius could record 1080P HD footage, it could only do so at 30fps. If you wanted 60fps, you had to deal with lower quality 720p.

It’s actually the first compact action camera available anywhere in the world to support H.265 HEVC.

With vastly improved low light performance, coupled with an incredibly wide dynamic range and a wide-angle lens with a stunning field of view as wide as 130 degrees, the unit can also capture better video details when in movement at the same time than even its already impressive predecessor. The previous Mobius had a viewing angle of only 116 degrees.

Don’t Miss a Second of the Action

Another one of the qualities that makes the Mobius 2 such a valuable action camera has to do with the multitude of features that are designed to make the unit last as long as possible during a single session. When the built-in 820mah lipo-battery is fully charged, it can record more than 120 minutes of continuous action. The Mobius 1, for comparison, topped out at 80 minutes. It uses super low power consumption technology that not only helps aid in longevity, but also prevents crashes, freeze-ups and more due to overheating.

Additional Considerations

Since weight is always important in terms of an action camera, consumers will no doubt be pleased to know that the Mobius 2 weighs in at an incredibly light 1.58 ounces. Compatible with microSD memory cards of up to 64GB in size and with advanced features such as still image and loop recording modes, the Mobius 2 isn’t just the most advanced mini action camera available on the market today — it can also double as the most perfect dash camera that you could hope for at the same time.

Surveillance, Security, and Gadget Roundup – 6/27

27 Jun

Another Friday, another roundup. Here it is, our newest, freshest roundup yet.

1. Police Need A Warrant for Cell Phone Searches

In a landmark decision,  protection for cell phone searches have been expanded. The Supreme Court has determined that the police need a search warrant to go through the cell phone of someone that has been arrested.

2. Now the Police Are Hacking Us Too?

A look into how law enforcement has expanded it’s use of hacking phones and computers.

3. US Government Releases It’s First Transparency Report

A not-quite illuminating look at what the NSA has been up to in 2013.

4. US House Overwhelmingly Votes to Cut NSA Funding

In a strong show against the NSA’s application of past funding, the House of Representatives has voted to cut the agencys generous budget.

5. Popular Websites’ Password Policies Leave Consumers Exposed

A look into the why popular websites password policies are invitations for online fraud.

6. Study: 14 Percent of Debit Cards Exposed by Breaches in 2013

Even with all the recent media attention to data breaches it is still somewhat of a shock that a new study estimates that 14% of U.S. debit cards were exposed to data breaches in 2013.

7. Android Wear brings Google to life

Do you really need or want wearable Android in your life? I’ll leave that answer up to you.

8.  Israel Is Building a Futuristic Transit System of Magnetic Pod

It may not fall in line with what we generally post, but honestly, is this not the coolest thing you have heard about all week?

A Guide to Hiding your Hidden Camera

18 Jun

Where to Place your Camera:

One of the most important thing to keep in mind while hiding your hidden camera  is that placement should follow motivation, meaning that the best place for your hidden camera, is one that best addresses the motivation you had for buying the camera in the first place.

Most of us buy a hidden camera with some idea of how and what we would like to record. Your reasons for buying a hidden camera could be specific, like confirming that your neighbor has been abducting your garbage cans for his own nefarious purposes, or more general, as in making sure your nanny behaves herself around the kids.

In either case, the motivation you had for purchasing a hidden camera determines your ideal placement option. To catch your neighbor, put your recording device in the garage, in range of the garbage cans. If you are worried about the nanny, use a nanny cam in the rooms your kids spend the most time in, perhaps the nursery, living room, or kitchen.

Where to Hide your Camera:

Now that you have an idea what area inside or outside of your house you would like to record, your next step is to find the perfect hiding spot for your camera, but a couple of questions come to mind: Where exactly should you place your hidden camera? What should you hide your camera in or around? How big or small should the camera be?

The guiding principle you need to keep in mind while considering these questions is that a hidden camera can only be effective if it does exactly what its name implies: stays hidden. While you can buy a general purpose hidden camera, one that is small, has great video quality, and gives you a quite a bit of versatility, it will never completely blend into its surroundings. In order to do that, you need to purchase a camera seamlessly built into a common household item.

The advantage of these cameras is that they look nothing like surveillance cameras, allowing them to be naturally positioned throughout the house in the recording location of your choice. The most appropriate cameras, and the ones least likely to draw attention, will come in the form of something natural to the room or location you want to record.

While you know your household items better than I do, here are some hidden camera suggestions that should blend naturally into just about anyone’s home:

Kitchen: What kitchen would be complete without a coffeemaker? Household plants and wall clocks are other kitchen staples.

Coffee Machine Camera

Coffee Machine Camera

Living Room: A smoke detector is the perfect cover for a camera, while no one would think to look closely at the clothes hook on the wall or the tissue box on the table.

Tissue Box Hidden Camera

Tissue Box Hidden Camera

Office: With all of your tech toys and tools on full display, no one would look twice at the WiFi router, AC adapter, or digital picture frame.

Digital Picture Frame Camera

Digital Picture Frame Camera

Bedroom: What is more natural in a bedroom than a bedside clock radio, less noticeable than a power outlet, or more ubiquitous than an Ipod dock?

Mini Clock Radio Hidden Camera

Mini Clock Radio Hidden Camera

Use these household items and placement ideas to think of other hidden cameras built into objects that naturally appear in your house or, if you prefer, to camouflage a more general purpose hidden camera.

Surveillance, Security, and Gadget Roundup

7 Jun

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for our newly inaugurated Surveillance, Security, and Gadget Roundup, where we bring you the week’s news that caught our eyes:

1. Vodafone Reveals Existence of Secret Wires That Allow State Surveillance

It’s a little sad that the biggest surprise in this article, is that it’s a surveillance article that hardly even mentions the NSA (shocking, right?). Anyways, apparently one of the largest mobile phone groups, Vodafone, has revealed the widespread usage of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks.

2. Our 1st Snowden Anniversary

An interesting compilation of views on what has and hasn’t changed one year after Edward Snowdens revelations.

3. Seven Digital Deadly Sins

A strange and fascinating collaboration by the National Film Board of Canada and The Guardian on the seven deadly sins superimposed on our modern, digital lifestyles. It’s definitely worth taking a look at, if not for the content, then for the fabulously interactive display.

4. Her Name is Cortana

Microsoft’s take on Siri and Google Now. For once, Microsoft seems to have put some thought into a product. Bravo.

5. Explaining Self-Driving Cars

A pretty thorough rundown of all you need to know about self-driving cars.

6. Growing Your Client Base 

One P.I.’s take on the right way to grow your client base. Whether you are a private investigator or own a business in a completely different industry, Brian Willingham’s experience and advice is remarkably adaptable.

7. Marketing (or not)

Don’t ever confuse marketing for what you are marketing; a great product product or service.

Surveillance, Security, and Gadget Roundup

3 Jun

Here at Spy Tec, we are always thinking of new ways to better serve and inform our customers, and the security community as a whole. With that in mind, we have reestablished our blogging efforts in an attempt to communicate important and engaging news  and stories that appeal to those who frequent our site and business. In an attempt to keep our audience ever informed, we have renewed our focus on the latest in industry news, tech breakthroughs, and the products that have drawn our interest and will certainly command yours. The roundup of this week’s top news is sure to grab your attention as much as it did ours:

1. US Cyber-crime Laws Being Used to Target Security Researchers

An interesting take from the Guardian on why U.S. cyber crime laws and the regulators that enforce them, are counter-intuitively weakening the security of the internet.

2. The Secrets of Surveillance

An introspective piece in Pursuit Mag, featuring one PIs take on the most important features of good surveillance.

3. 7 Tools and Recommendations for Social Media Investigations

A great summary of some tools and recommendations you can use to leverage social media in your investigations.

4. Most Americans Are Doing Nothing to Protect Their Privacy

Every week it seems like another corporations has sprung some a data leak, but as this article explains, the American public isn’t doing much to protect its online security either.

5. Google’s Right to be Forgotten

A first take at how Google is responding to the European Union court ruling that it must provide an option to delete personal data.

6. NASA Uses Smart Sandals to Stop Astronauts Exercise Cheating

It goes to show you that even astronauts, like the rest of us, may occasionally exaggerate their exercise habits.

Five Dash Cam Videos You Have To See To Believe

27 May

Dashboard cameras are an increasingly popular purchase for American drivers. The motivation for buying a dash cam may vary, but the fact is that the increasing affordability of dash cameras (with quality models starting at less than 100$), along with their oversight of young drivers and contested automobile accidents, make them an increasingly appealing buy.

The use of dash cams may be growing here in the U.S., but their use is quite established in many places abroad. In countries rife with auto-insurance scams, corrupt traffic cops, and astonishingly reckless driving, the video evidence provided by a dashboard camera is often the only proof backing a driver’s claims.

In Russia in particular, the widespread use of dash cams along with a total disregard for driving laws, or even basic common sense, have provided the world with some unbelievable driving footage you have to see to believe:

 

1. Half-Naked and Running For It

I think the moral of this little video is don’t mess with an angry Russian driver, especially if all you are wearing is your underwear.

 

2. For Goodness Sake, Wear A Seat-belt

This man must be some sort of superhero disguised as a truck driver, or maybe his years of Olympic grade gymnastics training have finally been put to the test. Regardless, you would think that someone who drives trucks for a living (especially in Russia) would fasten their seat-belt.

 

3. Melee on the Freeway?

Talk about skipping right past honked horns and middle fingers to blunt force weapons.

 

4. Well That Was Unexpected

After this video, I can safely say that nothing I see on a Russian dashboard camera will ever surprise and amaze me as much as this.

 

5. That Was Even Less Expected

I know what I said two lines ago, but this is absolutely amazing:

For a bit more context, this video shows a meteor blast that took place over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on February 15th, 2013. The blast glowed 30 times brighter than the sun and delivered the biggest astronomical impact felt on earth in more than a century.

 

These videos are an excellent, albeit surprisingly small, sample of the crazy, scary, and otherwise shock-inducing footage captured by Russian dashboard video cameras.

On that note, buckle up your seat-belts, don’t speed, but most importantly, if you can at all help it, avoid driving in Russia.