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Echo Meter Touch Bat Detector

By Wildlife Acoustics

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Echo Meter Touch allows you to listen to, record, and identify bats with your iPad, iPhone. or iPod Touch **This app requires the purchase of the Echo Meter Touch Ultrasonic Module in order to detect bats. It is available for purchase from**

The Echo Meter Touch Ultrasonic Module senses ultrasonic signals up to 128 kHz, digitizes the signal, and transmits the ultrasonic data to the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch through the Lightning connector.

The Echo Meter Touch App offers unprecedented features for a handheld bat detector:

Echo Meter Touch translates bat echolocations into frequencies that are audible to humans using two technologies. Wildlife Acoustics’ patented Real Time Expansion (RTE) allows you to listen to bats in real time with unparalleled fidelity. RTE maintains the timing and tonality of the original echolocations. Heterodyne (HET) listening is also available, for those accustomed to that way of hearing bats. Manual and automatic tuning is available.

A real-time spectrogram shows the frequencies and timing of the echolocations. Scroll back in time and zoom in on previous "bat passes."

The Auto ID feature analyzes the echolocation calls and suggests the two most likely bat species matches in real time. This is the same technology used in our professional Kaleidoscope Pro Bat Auto Identification software. Currently, the app can identify 26 species in North America, 25 in Europe and 57 in the neotropics. For more information on Kaleidoscope and a full list of species, visit our website.

Activate triggered recording mode to automatically save bat passes to full spectrum .wav files for analysis on a computer or to view on your iPad or iPhone. Or use manual record mode to control start and stop of recording. View the recording spectrogram and add voice or text notes. Listen to the recording using RTE, HET, or traditional Time Expansion Playback (playback at fractional speed to make the ultrasound audible).

View your path, including recording locations in satellite or road map view. View identified species codes directly on the map. Go to the recording's spectrogram from the map view. Transfer to your computer to view in Google Earth. Your iPad or iPhone must have GPS capability or you must use a Bluetooth GPS receiver for this functionality.

*Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.*

The Echo Meter Touch can transfer full spectrum .wav recordings to your computer over a Wi-Fi network or cabled through iTunes. Using Wi-Fi, the app bundles the recordings in a .zip folder and allows download by entering a URL in any web browser.

You can share recordings via email or text message and import and open files that have been shared with you.

NOTE: Because bats vary their echolocation calls in response to a wide variety of needs, no automated call identification can achieve 100% accuracy in species identification. Nevertheless, in the hands of well-trained experts, bat detector recordings can be used to identify many species, providing invaluable discoveries. The Echo Meter Touch allows high quality recording suitable for analysis by experts. The built-in Auto-ID feature also suggests the two most likely bat species for each recording, for the enjoyment of enthusiasts hoping to learn more about bats. These automated identifications, though largely accurate, should not be relied on as a basis for scientific research. Auto-ID is intended for use in analyzing recordings of single bats in free flight in low clutter environments. Recordings of roost emergence, multiple or captive bats, bats in high clutter environments, or bat social calls are not suitable for Auto-ID.

What's New in Version 2.0.1

This version has various small bug fixes and the following improvements:

-Adds a link to video tutorials from the Information page, please have a look! You do need internet connectivity to view them.
-The app now allows you to share debug logs with us via email to assist in troubleshooting any issues. Debug mode is accessed by tapping with one finger 8 times in a row anywhere in the app. This will open an email which can be sent directly to our support team. If you do not have email set up on your device, a debug screen will open and you can take a screenshot and transfer that to a computer to share with us. Or you can share the logs via Apple airdrop if using a Mac computer. The way the log works is that it is a running commentary, it must be accessed quickly before it is overwritten with more mundane information. You must access the log as soon as possible after the failure to capture information that will be useful to us in troubleshooting any issue.

-Changes Auto-ID to classify bats with as little as two pulses rather than giving them "No_ID". In version 1.8 we changed it to need 5 pulses, this changes it back so as to allow more identifications.
-Adds back the scientific name of the bat in the ID pop-up in addition to the common name.

-Brings back horizontal white line to demarcate recordings in Live Mode.
-Brings back the little frequency box for the orange triangle to assist in fine setting.

-Compressed spectrogram view has been significantly improved, you should see more bats in Live Mode and when viewing previous recordings. You will also see more noise but we are hoping this is a worthy compromise.
-The left and right arrows that take you forward and back on spectrogram are now easier to press.
-Brings back the double tap feature that also will take you forward (in Live Mode) and back (in Recordings).

Please contact us with any suggestions, issues, questions, or comments; we are always looking for ways to improve the app for you. Select "Leave Feedback" in the Information page of the app to send us an email. And if you like the app, please let others know by selecting “Review this App” on the Information page. You can view these release notes later in the App Store under Version History. Happy batting!


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Echo Meter Touch Bat Detector
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Size: 59.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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