Explore the world of birdsong in greater detail by enhancing your Smart-Phone's own internal microphone.
1. Assemble the kit (30mins) No glue needed
2. Insert smartphone and adjust to focus the sound
3. Go find some birdsong and make your recording
4. Playback in the field is enhanced by the parabolic reflector
5. Dismantling and reassembly can take as little as two minutes.
ParacChirp arrives to you in recycled no-frills packaging and requires no glue or specialist tools to assemble - just a piece of sandpaper.
Designed for education IT IS NOT A TOY!! - so appropriate supervision is required for small children.
The user is required to make minor adaptation during the assembly to fit the smart-phone - and take responsibility for its security at all times. Please note improvements are made from time to time so you will receive at least the version you ordered along with any incremental improvements that do not change the spec of the product.
A variety of versions are soon to be available - please email for info.
1. Basic Kit - available to order here
2. Class set - email for info
2. Preassembly checked and painted colour of your choice - email for info
3. Customised including engravings and colour scheme - email for info
ParaChirp Smartphone Acoustic Mirror Self Assembly Kit
ParaChirp is experimental and requires some ingenuity on the part of the user to adapt and tune the device for best results. Full instructions and videos provided.
Parachirp facilitates a range of exciting creative and ecological projects and is due to be central to an international birdsong project where accurate recordings will be made using domestic technology rather than professional sound equipment.
ParaChirp is compatible with a range of devices . Those with microphones on the end (bottom) edge perform best. Those with a front mounted microphone will not benefit so well, so please check your device before purchasing. However, we are always keen to find ways of adapting to all related technologies as part of the ongoing project so maybe you wish to experiment anyway to see what results you can achieve and join our team of volunteers who range from teachers to ornithologists and musicians. Please join our community to share your experiences.
Parachirp can be used in video making and audio recording projects where sounds are recorded. Your sound files are uploaded by your recording device and downloaded into various software on PC to create laser cut artifacts, graphics, music and sound effects. Some smartphones have great software to use to edit recordings without the need for uploading.
ParaChirp must be used responsibly and respectfully of the privacy of others. No responsibility is taken by the designer/manufacturer for antisocial or unethical use.
Schools and youth groups who participate in our Project Birdsong can obtain sets of ParaChirps at a significant discount or even licence rights to laser cut your own at school. Please email us for details.