Introduction: A James Bond's Wallet (with Digicam Inside)

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This is an upgradable wallet for spies. This basic version includes, a large pocket for papers and bucks, some rooms for cards, a secret pocket for secret items, and above all, a tiny hidden digital camera to furtively make secret photos.

It has no pocket for coins because real spies don't want to make sounds when they are spying, but if fake spies want one or need some more frames, it's possible to "upgrade" it.
The prenium version even has a white LED flashlight, a red laser pointer and a tiny emergency swiss-knife.

Step 1: What Do You Need ?

Items :
- a tiny pencam (or a cheap tiny digitalcam for kids).
- two AAA batteries
- some electrical wires
- a support for two AAA (where to plug your batteries and with two pins where to solder your wires)
- a large adhesive tape (color and texture of your choice)
- stiff cardboards
- flexible cardboards

Tools :
- a soldering iron
- clippers
- cutter
- ruler
- pencil

Step 2: The Digital Camera :

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Here is how was my old pencam.
The chipset is a STV0680-B.
This device can take up to 100 pictures at 320x240 pixels. It has an USB connexion.

There still should be some cheap pencam available in the market, or some cheap digitalcamera for kids ...

You open it and you remove the circuit.

Step 3: The Main Structure of Your Wallet

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You'll need two rectangle of a stiff cardboard.
Mine are 13 x 9 centimeters.

Step 4: Place Your Cam

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When you select the position of your camera, think about how you'll use it.
- pressing the button to take picture must be easy
- your fingers must not hide the sensor
- connecting the USB cable must be easy
- when you'll secretly take secret pictures, you must seem obviously natural
- the wallet must not be just a digital camera, but also a wallet !

Mine is designed to take pictures when i open it and look into it.
The sensor is on the back side of the wallet.
I handle it with the right hand, i open it on the left side, i look inside using my left hand, and i press the button with the index of my right hand.
And if i definively want to be sure that i don't seem to take photo, i can even dance with my two feet who remain free, and sing and smile with my wide mouth full of white teeth ...

Step 5: Like an Open Book

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When you'll be connecting the two rectangles of stiff cardboard with the tape adhesive, keep a certain distance between them so there will be ennough place into your wallet for all of the things you want to put inside.

Step 6: The Main Room

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We're now going to build the main room where you'll put bucks and papers.
In my version (and like most wallet), this main room is shared on both side of the wallet. But also, it shares space with the digital camera.

It's made with the flexible carboard. The rectangle is silghtly less large than the wallet. On mine, the difference is about 1 cm.

Keep in mind that it must be pliable.

To improve it's flexibility, i choosed to remove the part that is folded and to replace it with adhesive tape.

Step 7: Skin and Mount the Main Room

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Your goal is now to mount this main room.

You cover the inside of it with some adhesive tape.

To avoid that your paper stick to the left and right inside edge of this large pocket, you add a folded band adhesive tape to stick the edges of the pocket from its inside ...

Step 8: Cards Rooms

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For the cards rooms, you'll need several rectangles of flexible cardboard.
Mine are 10 x 4.5 cm.

With 3 rectangles, you'll get 2 rooms.
With 4 rectangles, you'll get 3 rooms.

It's not required to completly cover the rectangles with adhesive tape. If i choosed to do so, it's because i've found that it was easier to insert and remove the cards.

Step 9: Mounting the Cards Bay and the Secret Pocket

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We will use the cards bay to make the secret pocket.
Once you covered the front and back sides of your cards bay, you attach it at the bottom of the left side of your wallet.
Then, you start to build the pocket. The entry of the pocket will be near the inside middle edge of your wallet.

Since it's a pocket, it must be flexible ennough so you can easily insert your fingers inside without breaking it.

Once you formed your pocket, you cover it correclty ... and you try it if you want.

Step 10: Camera and Batteries

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We're now going to fix the digital camera circuit and the batteries.
You solder your wires to the digital camera circuit.

Then, you fasten the camera to the wallet with the adhesive tape, and you select the where you'll put the batteries ...

Since it must be possible to change the batteries, i choosed to put them into the large pocket (the one for bucks and papers), just at the left of the camera because there is ennough place ...
If you want, you can make a room just for them, just below the camera ...

Step 11: You Cover It ... Et Voila ! C'est Fini ! Bon Appetit !

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As i said in the introduction, it's possible to upgrade it easily. You just have to add a central frame or several layers into the main rooms to store more documents.

And if you're like James Bond (i mean, a great seducer), don't forget to hide a secret "weapon" into the secret pocket of your secret agent wallet ... that may save your life !


Ds HaKa (author)2007-11-17

du u tink du cellphone camru wud wrk

ROFL if people txtd like this today everyone would or "wud" be crazy

chardster (author)Ds HaKa2008-07-08

What the heck is a camru? And whats a wud? Wat about a wrk? Im so confused.

chardster (author)chardster2008-07-28

I know what it ment people I was making fun of him!

xhephaestusx (author)chardster2012-07-06

well that wasn't very nice!

Ds HaKa (author)chardster2008-07-28

camru is camru wud is would wrk is work Learn Texttalk!

static (author)Ds HaKa2010-03-14

 Sigh; "text talk" has it's place when a limit amount of characters are allowed. However that's not the case with instructables comments. Perhaps a cell phone camera could be used, but think the kind used here would be the easiest to use.

chardster (author)Ds HaKa2008-07-28

Camru is camru? you need to learn how to Talk!

He no need to lurn te talk, he are teh LOLcat in trainings.


chibiturtleboi (author)Ds HaKa2008-10-06

So, you're saying that you're too lazy to even spell correctly when you're not even in an instant messaging chat or in a game? Besides, no one in any texting world says "camru" or "wrk."

(Laugh out loud) that is so true (you liked how i didn't use LOL, right??)

lol, no "lol"'s fine; it IS proper text language xD

DeriemD (author)chardster2008-07-16

translation: do you think a cellphone camera would work?

Gamer917 (author)DeriemD2010-01-28

thank you

chooseausername (author)Ds HaKa2007-11-18

Dunt furgut du point uf this wullet wus tu unter du " wallet challenge " with a unique wallet.

It's not serious project. It was just an entry to a contest ;o)

ReCreate (author)chooseausername2008-11-24

talk english

DouglasG1 (author)2012-05-16

You don't take your secret weapon on airplanes do you?

boom1234 (author)2010-05-26


static (author)2010-03-14

 I wonder what happened to that worthless key chain digital camera I waste 10 bucks on? Fun looking project, but I don't know where I'd use a hidden camera. I have ideas, but getting caught would mean there would be nothing left of me after they stomped the BS out of me.  A 3 V. button cell may make a good substitute for the 2 AAA

Hunter O. (author)2009-12-15

During WWII, the FreeFrench Forces had mini knive sheathes that they kept concealed under their sleeve.If you could find one, you might could fit it into the secret compartment.

yangasam (author)2009-09-20

could you make this without the camera?

CameronSS (author)2007-04-25

That's pretty cool, however, I think people would notice you holding a wallet up to the Top Secret Documents And/Or Death Device of Doom.

Real secret agents know a lot of technics to get rid of witnesses when they are doing secret activities ;-) And if you're not a real secret agents, does it really matter if some witnesses notice you are taking pictures of an item in a commercial center because you need more time to decide if you'll buy it or not ? ;-)

but they wouldn't know u were taking pictures, they would just see you standing there with your wallet up to the item... kinda weird ...

Real secret agents are not afraid of ridicule ...
Think about Austin Power for instance !

reywolf (author)chooseausername2009-05-08

austin powers is not a real secret agent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey i have an idea, lets debate about a tape wallet. Oh, wait, i think you guys beat me to it =(


Aeshir (author)CameronSS2007-04-26

I think the people would be more concerned with you being near the top secret documents and/or death device of doom xD

Gage987 (author)2008-12-12

since james bond would never have a tape wallet you could just incorperate these ideas into a leather or cloth wallet and you could coat the camer in somthing to stop it from getting crusheded

Rashid747 (author)2008-10-20

it's great

Dr.Jones (author)2008-10-10

will index cards work?

peach_fart (author)Dr.Jones2008-10-10

They might work but you will probably need to use a lot. Try cardstock from boxed foods and such.

killerjackalope (author)2008-02-18

And if you're like James Bond (i mean, a great seducer), don't forget to hide a secret "weapon" into the secret pocket of your secret agent wallet ... that may save your life ! It wont save your life just an 18yr hangover...

nmaybe take a tiny piece of copper tubing and attach one of those mini airsoft CO2 canisters, and voila! you have a dart gun

Pwag (author)2008-10-05

Sweet now I can get covert photos of what goes on in my back pocket...

blckthng (author)2007-11-14

imagine james bond taking out a wallet made of tape! dude just wouldnt happen

chooseausername (author)blckthng2007-11-14

Yeah,but that's still more probable than James Bond taking a tape made of wallet !

im_tux (author)chooseausername2008-02-13

ok good idea get on it

chardster (author)im_tux2008-07-08


00beever (author)chooseausername2007-12-19


icanryme2002 (author)2007-04-25

bad idea where do you keep your wallet

at the same place you keep a normal wallet : mainly in the back pocket of your jean. And when you need to make a picture, you take it out of your pocket, seem to look inside to count your money or check a document, and you take your pics.

kdude369 (author)chooseausername2008-02-18

just dont forget not 2 sit down or da cam will break

how much pressure do u think will be on the lens its more then your weight when you sit down

Personnaly, i never sit on my wallet ... mainly because it's not confortable :-P One of the side of your buttock is higher than the other, your vertebral column is bended, and also, if you keep an emergency condom into a secret pocket, it may be damaged and useless, and more even potentialy dangerous ... Before to sit down, i remove the wallet from my back pocket and put it on the table or somewhere near me :-)

Why not just keep it in a front pocket? Less likely to get pick pocketed too.

Do you mean in the pocket of a shirt ? Well, if you have one and want to put it there, why not ... I don't do it myself mainly because i don't have shirts with front pockets, and it would be too heavy ... Into the pocket of a coat, you could directly incorporate a secret digital camera into it ... If it's into the front pocket of a jeans, well, it's not very confortable ..... :-/

I meant jeans pocket. I don't find it uncomfortable at all.

theatre_tech_guru (author)2007-12-22

just don't put it in your back pocket

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