I know how it is with you man-you see that "Take-a-Penny, Leave-a-Penny" tray and it is all "take, take, take!" Well your days of penny pinching are over now that SteathVue has developed their Pennycam. What they have done is to embed a security camera inside the tray that relays upward angled video to a DVR using a standard BNC cable. Obviously, Pennycam is intended to capture clearer (500 x 582 resolution) images of thieves that try and obscure their face from overhead cameras-and it seems to work pretty well based on the footage in the following demo video.
Hi Everybody - Thanks for your comments.
Yes, I probably did say "robbering" I was very tired when I filmed the video :)
As for stealing the tray, A) secured by double-stick mounting tape to the counter and B) Who is going to know it is a camera - that the tray is even worth stealing? Not to mention you will have them on video stealing the tray :)
The graphic on the front "Thank You For Shopping With Us!" is brandable. So it might have the name/logo of a convenience store or gas station on it. The cam does shoot out front from behind the label so there are no visible camera holes.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to post them and I will answer them as I can.