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PROBE Jewelry - On the action-adventure SEARCH/NBC/1972-73 the organization called PROBE Division, the investigative section of the World Securities Corporation equipped its field operatives with tiny electronic devices that monitored telemetry and sent back sights and sounds of what the operatives saw in the field. Some of the devices were built to look like jewelry such as rings and cuff-links that had built in television cameras.

Chain with Camera

Close-up of Miniature Camera

Ring with Camera

Chain equipped with camera Close-up of surveillance device Ring equipped with camera


The following script excerpt from the TV series two-hour pilot "PROBE" written by Leslie Stevens explains the what and how of the tiny devices:

Scene 8

PROBE CONTROL

(In CLOSE-UP, the equipment is displayed. The Micro-circuitry resembles op-art paintings.)

CAMERON
Dr. Laurent you wanted to know how it all works.
You've heard of miniaturized circuitry?
This is the ultimate in electronic sophistication.
(shows the miniature scanner. It is smaller than a postage-
stamp. 1/3 of an inch thick with an iridescent surface
of blue optical coating. It glints like a piece of fine jewelry)
It's a television scanner.

LAURENT
A camera?

CAMERON
With all-frequencies microwave capability. It picks up picture,
sound, short-wave, infra-red heat, ultrasonic, chemical radiations
- the full spectrum.

LAURENT
How is it carried?

CAMERON
It's magnetized to lock on... and is worn like a piece of jewelry.

(He hands it to Lockwood).

LOCKWOOD
Watch closely. (like a magician) It can be hand—held.., or, it can
click into place on these handsome cufflinks, custom—designed by
Cameron accessories. Some Probes (agents) prefer to wear it as
a wristwatch.., a tie—tack, others, like myself, prefer to wear it
right on the button. (clips it on) There! "I'm a camera".

LAURENT
Can we see the picture?

CAMERON
We'll run a full test-check on his trip to Europe.

LAURENT
Can he see you?

CAMERON
No. But he can hear us. He has a tiny receiving set tuned in to our
sound channel... just in back of his ear.

(Lockwood shows the spot).

LAURENT
I don't see anything.

LOCKWOOD
It's inside.

LAURENT
An implant?

CAMERON
A permanent. built—in ear—jack.

LAURENT
Doesn't it hurt?

LOCKWOOD
Only when they turn up the volume.

CAMERON
(stern)
Probes are required to keep it switched on at all times.

LOCKWOOD
Except on vacations.

LAURENT
Can anyone else hear it? Someone standing next to him?

CAMERON
No. It's a neuro-implant. (to Lockwood) You're hooked up. tuned in,
briefed and ready to go. Mr. Streeter will meet you on the plane.

(He shakes hands)

LOCKWOOD
(to team)
No point in saying goodbye. You're all coming with me. See you on the box.

CAMERON
(to team)
Kuroda! Light the fire!

KURODA
Green lights

KEACH
Greens! All systems!

CAMERON
Prepare for air-check, telemetry tests and overseas tracking. Good luck, Lockwood. you're on the air!

See also - COMPUTERS - "Probe CONTROL"


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