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Customer Spotlight: Echo Meter Touch bicycle transects

Customer Spotlight: Echo Meter Touch bicycle transects

Can the Echo Meter Touch be used for bicycle transects?

For our resourceful customer Peder Halverson, the answer is yes.

Wondering know how he did it? Peder shared the details with us:

"It’s simply a camera monopod fastened to the bike’s front wheel frame, a wooden platform fastened to that, a cardboard iPad mini case box glued to that, the iPad mini in the carboard secured by a Velcro band. The module’s microphone is covered by a windscreen salvaged from a Zoom H2 recorder that was once used to record bat calls from a Petterson unit. The monopod pole can telescope up farther, but I like it this way for better visibility of the road ahead. The iPad can rotate on the monopod either this way, giving better visibility ahead, or it can rotate so that the screen is always visible to the rider. It likes to ride this way, slowly rotating to this orientation.

This method is being compared with the method in which the iPad is slipped into the rope pocket on the back of a backpack. So far the two methods seem to give equally good spectrograms, even though one might imagine the pole method to give less audio reflections. The backpack method allows the iPad’s cover to remain open, so that the screen is visible to automobiles to the rear, acting as a great additional reflector. It also feels a lot more secure for the iPad and module.

5 ways to fund citizen science in your classroom

We’ve just unveiled one of the coolest citizen science/Ed-tech tools for the classroom. The Echo Meter Touch Bat Detector

Check out teachers’ reactions at NSTA 2014 here:

The device, which is $499 (and comes with an additional educator’s $75 rebate for the App Store) had many teachers asking: “How can I get funding for one ASAP?”

How to get an iPad and Echo Meter Touch for your Classroom

How to get an iPad and Echo Meter Touch for your Classroom

The Echo Meter Touch is our unprecedented, easy to use device which turns your iPhone (5s, 5c and 5) or iPad (Air, mini with Retina display and iPad, 4th generation) into a bat detector/recorder/analyzer. And with the growing trend of iPads and even iPhones being used as educational tools, it’s a natural fit for the classroom. After all, it allows kids to interact directly with nature and brings normally unseen and unheard of creatures to light: Kids can see the spectrogram (graph) of bats sounds and hear them through our patented Real Time Expansion technology. We are even developing a detailed curriculum to make teaching with the Echo Meter Touch even more seamless and engaging!

What if your class or school doesn’t have a budget for the iPad/Echo Meter Touch?

That’s where DonorsChoose.org comes in.

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation Orginization for Bat Conservation Bat Conservation International Bat Conservation Trust Wildlife Habitat Counsil