"The writing is clicking away in my head and piling up, and unless I get it on paper somehow it's going to create uncomfortable pressure in my skull."
Wouldn't it be great to "shine a light" into an enclosed space, and see everything inside without opening it?
Compare to the eavesdropping ray from Brigands of the Moon (1930) by Ray Cummings and the subphoton search ray from The Shining One (1937) by Nat Schachner. See also this real-life device in LEXID Sees Through Walls To Next Apartment.
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