DISCLAIMER: This device is only to be used by the morally-competent. I don't know of the legalities of such a device, but I do know that I would hate to be "had" by someone's morally-questionable use of such. Do unto others...
This is used purely for the purposes described below, and its "security by obscurity" is intentionally considered against the potential for misuse by others of data logged by this device.
What it does/How it works Video:
Why I started this:
If you've visited my website, you may have read the bit about, roughly-quoted, having to cope with a, "for lack of a better word, 'mental disorder' which affects nearly every aspect of my life"...
I'd rather not go into it, but let's just say that this particular device has aided in my discovering some of the truths behind, and coping with, this "disorder." And doing-so with the skillsets I use to troubleshoot any problem; be it technical, mathematical, or even (now, apparently) mental.
As an unrelated and beneficial aside, it's been found useful for other purposes that may appeal to the broader-public...
- Need motivation to quit smoking? audioThing can help.
- Got a friend who randomly talks in their sleep? Torment them with audioThing!
- Want to create music from random sounds in your environment? Enter audioThing.
See below for more about: (please click "Read More")
- Example Usages in detail (sleep-talker, environmental music samples)
- Implementation overview
- Side-developments including: connecting a matrix-keypad via resistors to a single digital I/O pin
- Current Status
- Potential Improvements
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Example-Usage for the general-user (catching a sleep-talker):
E.G. I've a buddy who falls asleep on my couch from time-to-time. This dude sits up randomly, as though he's awake, and talks to me as though I was in whatever dream he's apparently still in... I have no friggin' clue what he's talking about 98% of the time, but he seems *dang convinced* we're holding a regular conversation. All I can tell is he's having a conversation with an entirely different *me* in an entirely different realm.
I've tried, for years now, to piece together what he's talking-about... where it comes from, what he's dreaming my responses to be vs. what I actually say... I've asked questions and received answers to entirely different questions (...questions that I don't know. For some reason "42" comes to mind).
Wouldn't it be nice to have those moments recorded, to torment him (when he's *actually* awake) with the details of the conversation he had with another me?
With this device running in my shirt-pocket, or on the table, wherever's convenient, I can capture these trans-worldly moments from the very start; the mumbling lead-up, the actual "conversation", the moment when I begin to think he's *actually* aware of the conversation *I* am having with this world's physical manifestation of him...
And, can do-so without any interruption to the natural flow of the conversation. ...That is, *if* you can call it *natural*, or *flow*, or even *conversation*.
Whatever you call it, you can capture *this world's* reality of *that event* from start-to-finish, without necessitating any interruption to even think to press a "record" button, and then, later, torment the inter-world-traveller with deep questions about "the other side."Another Example-Usage (sampling environmental sounds):There are some pretty interesting sounds outside a city-apartment, but thereally interesting ones are often brief and out-of-the-blue. The
quirky-taxi-whistles, late-night drunken singers, loud phone conversations, the booming trunk-woofers of passing cars, midnight serenades, the sound of a bus sloshing through slush, sudden downpours and the yelps they cause... the list goes on.
To someone a little more musically-inclined, these moments could be sampled and turned into pretty interesting music. Or just compiled for a comedy routine.
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These things happen too quickly to press "record" on a voice-recorder, and leaving a recording-device...