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July 2, 2005

Song Sleuth Digital Birdsong Detective


Here’s how you use it:

1) Aim the device in the direction of a birdsong

2) In seconds software analyzes, identifies and rank–orders the prime suspects and displays the results on the screen


The device’s memory contains birdsong recordings from the world–renowned Macauley Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

The machine employs digital directional microphone technology along with advanced signal processing hardware and software to compare incoming signals with its banked recordings and find the best matches.

You can customize your Song Sleuth with modules particular to each of 14 different regions in the continental U.S.;

Each $25 module contains the songs of some 60 birds common to that region.

The device is about the size of a large pair of binoculars but much lighter, weighing in at just over a pound with batteries.

The company says it picks the correct match 80% of the time.

Hey, wait a minute — I'm 100% correct at matching birds and their songs — and I'm free.

True, my signal processing software is limited at the present time to the crow and the owl.

But it's a start.

$490 here, including one regional module of your choice.

[via Ivan Berger and the New York Times]

July 2, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


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