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Ultrasonic is now ultra cool.

Ultrasonic is now ultra cool.

Our founder, Ian Agranat, unveiled the revolutionary Echo Meter Touch in Costa Rica to a select group at the International Bat Researchers Conference earlier this week. We couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.

With the EchoMeter EM3+, we made an ergonomic-yet-powerful bat detecting tool that could fit in your pocket. Now, we’ve made one for what’s already in your pocket.

The new Echo Meter Touch works with the iOS devices you already own. That means your iPhone, iPhone Touch, and iPad will be your next bat detecting devices. Imagine your bat passes in stunning, zoomable, full color spectragrams, all at your fingertips. Recording and reviewing your passes will be more intuitive than ever…and the quality of the recordings are simply superb.

Spotlight on optional hardware attachments: The SMX-UT ultrasonic microphone

Spotlight on optional hardware attachments: The SMX-UT ultrasonic microphone

Looking to upgrade your bat recording rig? The SMX-UT is our most powerful and precise tool for omnidirectional bat recording.

As the higher end alternative to our SMX-US ultrasonic microphone, the SMX-UT provides a flatter frequency response and higher sensitivity at frequencies above 60kHz. It records up to 192kHz and it’s weatherproof, just like the standard SMX-US microphone. The SMX-UT has very little reduction in sensitivity off-axis, which means it can record bats in all directions. This is helpful for capturing a larger sampling of bat passes and echolocations.

And if your recording needs require a directional microphone, the SMX-UT is compatible with our SMX Horn accessory. This horn will transform the UT microphone into a highly directional microphone.

A New Way to Tackle White Nose Syndrome: Artificial Bat Cave

The deadly fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome has claimed more than 6 million bats since it was identified in 2006. It has been a crisis for bats all over the Eastern US and Canada. Yet despite desperate efforts by various research groups and organizations, the epidemic has sprinted on at an alarming rate, threatening eventual extinction for several bat species.

Last year, The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee employed an all-new strategy. They built an artificial bat cave. The operation is more complicated than it sounds. The cave needed to have just the right conditions – the wrong temperature and humidity could spell disaster for the already weak populations. It also needed to be free of humans, who have been known to accidentally spread the disease from cave to cave.

Artificial Bat Cave under construction

The artificial bat cave under construction

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