This fully functional battery powered LCD alarm clock has a superb voice activated covert audio recording system cleverly installed within. Perfect versatile audio room surveillance tool for home, office or many other scenarios. Manufactured in the UK by the Spy Equipment UK team.
A compact and portable digital alarm clock is an everyday item that is commonly seen in many environments including at home, in an office environment or even as a bedside alarm when travelling. Here at Spy Equipment UK we decided that it would made an ideal disguise for one of our voice recording systems.
Maintaining the full functionality of the alarm clock was of paramount importance, with the second consideration being the need to have the audio recording system incorporated in such a covert manner that would no give rise to any suspicion. Both of these requirements have been met and the result is original functionality meaning that this can still be used as an everyday device and a totally discreet inbuilt auudio recorder design.
The in-built recording system uses a high grade microphone sensitive enough to pick up on normal speech within a radius of up to 9 metres. The battery life is always high on the list of priorities for any room surveillance recorder. The Clock Spy Voice Recorder audio recording system is powered by a rechargeable lithium polymer battery giving a standby time of up to 76 days and a very usable straight recording time of up to 46 hours. As the system is by default voice activated then the actual operating battery life will be a combination of standby and recording time. This means if the recorder was deployed in an environment where there was only sounds for maybe 2 hours per day, then the battery could power the recorder for weeks before needing recharge.
The recorder is very simple to activate having a single button switch discreetly located inside the clock battery cover. The recording system gives NO audible indications when activated or during recording. There is one incredibly discreetly placed tiny LED indicator (again inside the clock battery compartment) that shows recording has started, but even this light goes out after a few seconds once recording has started. Each time the device is sound activated the recording will automatically start. Recording will stop and save when there has been no sounds for a minute. Each recording is saved on a separate file in Wav format. Recordings can be played back and/or downloaded onto a PC or a Mac. The device has a memory storage capacity equating to 144 hours of recordings.
Charging the recording system is achieved by connecting the clock via supplied USB lead to the USB port on a computer or to a mains outlet with the supplied USB Mains Adapter. Offloading recorded audio files is again achieved by connecting the device to a computer using the included connection lead. The transfer/charge port is located behind the battery cover for the clock. The audio recording technology is Windows and Mac compatible. The clock is independently powered by 3 x AAA batteries (not supplied).
The clock itself works independently of the recording system and certainly works well as a bedside clock. The LCD display does not stay lit, but can easily be illuminated during darkness hours by pressing on the top of the clock. So, if you are looking for a powerful voice recording solution built into an everyday object that will blend into many different types of room setting then the Clock Voice Activated Recorder has to be worth consideration.
Is the device silent and discreet in operation?
Absolutely! The audio recording device is digital and there are no moving parts or sound alerts that would alert attention in any way.
Are there any lights that would indicate that the audio surveillance system is recording?
When the recording system is switched on a discreet LED illuminates for a couple of seconds (viewed in the battery compartment of the clock). This then goes out and afterwards there is no indication that recording is taking place.
Do the recorded files have a time and date stamp?
There is no changeable time and date reference on the recordings or recorded file names
Will the recorder still pick up sounds if it is hidden away from view?
The unit is designed so as to be completely discreet when left on display, however if hidden away the recorder will still pick up sounds from the environment, although if it is heavily buried in a bag or under heavy cloth material, the microphone effectiveness will be reduced.
How can the recordings be played back?
To play back recorded files plug into the USB port of a Windows or Mac computer using the supplied USB connection cable. No special software is required.
Can the voice (sound) activation feature be switched off?
Unfortunately the Clock Voice Activated Recorder is always set to voice activated recording. There is no straight record option available.
Does the device record one big long file with no breaks or does it recorder numerous shorter recording files?
The recorder will record a new file each time the microphone picks up enough sound to start the recording process and then ends the file when the sounds, voices, etc. have finished.
Will the clock alarm and time function still work?
Yes, the sta