How-To Geek

Craft a DIY Book Bug for Covert Listening

If you’re looking for a fun project to teach a kid the wonders of electronics tinkering it’s tough to beat a book that lets them spy on their siblings.

Designed by David Simpson for MAKE Volume 16, the Bug-In-A-Book project takes off-the-shelf parts and, with a little DIY elbow crease and crafting, turns them into a clever hollow book laden with an FM frequency bug. You can easily adapt his tutorial to any object large enough to hold the electronics–eavesdropping Millennium Falcon, perhaps?

Watch the video above to see the inside of the Bug-In-A-Book and then hit up the link below to grab the full write up from the digital edition of MAKE Volume 16.

Covert Wireless Listening [Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/10/11

Comments (4)

  1. Jon

    I have to register to view the material… not fair.

  2. Golden Snitch

    Links no good for me. “Free Marker Template Error”…..bummer!

  3. MattA

    “with a little DIY elbow crease…” Elbow GREASE.

  4. oddacorn


    I think it’s supposed to be “elbow crease and grafting”!

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