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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.

What to know about the Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant Program

What to know about the Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant Program

We recently announced the Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Grant Program. We’ve gotten several requests for such a program from our customers and we are very happy to bring it to fruition. In line with our mission to advance the conservation of animals through bioacoustics recording technology, we will be awarding up to $5,000 every calendar quarter of product-in-kind grants to biologists, researchers, conservationists or students who work for tax exempt, non-profit organizations.

We realize you may have a number of questions about the program regarding eligibility, products available, the application process, and more. While most of the information you need is available here, we’ll address some major questions below.

Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone associated with a tax-exempt, non-profit organization (students, teachers, professional researchers, etc) is eligible for our grant program.

What's new in the SM3M?

What's new in the SM3M?

Our new SM3M marine recorder is full of improvements on our popular SM2M model.

Wondering what’s changed?Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the features we’ve added to make this our most intuitive and dependable marine recorder and noise logger yet!

Reliability Improvements

  • Heavy duty hydrophone cage offers greater protection
  • Hydrophone waterblock prevents leakage into the device
  • New heavy duty carrying case for the SM3M submersible

Ease-of-Use

  • Easier to program
  • Alerts you when you’ve made a mistake in loading, editing, or running a program
  • Complete control over all internal parameters
  • Automatic set up--simply connect your hydrophone(s), load a program, and press start
  • Status button lets you quickly check usage, battery voltage, and more
  • Metadata embedded in the files and enhanced self diagnostics

Advanced Technology

  • New circuit design
  • Improved battery life
  • Temperature-controlled clock crystal maintains clock accuracy at extreme temperatures
  • Native SDXC support, meaning no re-formatting needed
  • Nap mode allows recorder to improve battery life by up to 50%
  • Record on 2 channels up to 256 kHz or one channel up to 384 kHz
  • ...and more!

If you have any questions about our latest marine recorders, don't hesitate to contact us and we'd be happy to help!

Wildlife Acoustics is proud to support wildlife conservation efforts

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