I am an ecologist, and am interested in building some automated acoustic recording devices for monitoring natural habitats. I don’t need anything fancy, and some options already exist, but I am intrigued by the possibility of building a device tailored to my needs (and that I can modify myself).
Can I use existing bug modules to:
1. Record through an external microphone attached through an XLR output jack 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack.
2. Store uncompressed audio files (wav or aiff) on a solid state hard drive
3. Ability to program the device to turn on and off on a set schedule
4. Connection to external power source
5. accurate internal clock/calendar
6. Time stamp (georeference might be useful).
Unfortunately, I know nothing about hardware/software. But I’m willing (and excited ) to learn and work if this device seems like a possibility using the bug hardware.
What you are describing will be possible in Q2 2008 when our next set of modules are released that will include the audio speaker and I/O mini jacks. Keep in mind that in order to use the BUG you will need to be able to program in Java, so if that is something you are interested in doing then you could definitely make the device you have described here.
Hope this helps!