Birdcall scanner is nothing to squawk about

It reads bar codes and plays corresponding songs on built-in speaker.

Wild Bird Place

We have a theory: At some point in the universe there's a convergence of birding and technology , along the lines of math and music. It's the only explanation we can come up with for so many avian gadgets that seem to come our way, which often indicate a particular demand for technologies that identify birdcalls.

Not all of them are the most practical, however, as underscored by the unwieldy size of such products as the " Sound Sleuth " weighing you down, fittingly, like an albatross around your neck. But the "iFlyer BirdSong Wand" seems like a perfectly reasonable alternative, in the form of a large ergonomic pen that reads bar codes listed alongside species pictured in its accompanying 54-page song booklet that lists 206 feathered friends. Once it's scanned a code, according to Book of Joe, the wand will play "a crisp, clear digital recording of the bird" through its built-in speaker.

And if there's a non-birder in the crowd, the wand will identify 10 frog calls as well. (Who knew that amphibians had such distinctive voices?)

 

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