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 warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. 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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