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Bat-Locating Apps

The Echo Meter App Helps the General Public Track and Collect Data on Bats

— September 11, 2017 — Eco
This educational bat-locating app aims to encourage civilians to record and monitor the species, providing valuable insight, while giving the often misjudged creatures a better name. Despite their large environmental contributions, bats remain a largely understudied species. The lack of information can be largely attributed to the general public's irrational fear of the creatures, a concept which this app aims to amend.

Upon downloading the innovative Echo Meter Touch Bat Detector, Recorder & Analyzer app, bat enthusiasts can change the "frequency of their echolocation so it’s audible through an iPhone or Android." This engaging tool makes it easier for the average person to get involved with the species, regardless of experience levels. The app, which allows users to locate and track bat-related information, will soon be able to store the recorded information in a public database.
Trend Themes
1. Bat Monitoring Apps - Apps like Echo Meter are enabling the public to monitor bat species and contribute to a public database for research and preservation.
2. Citizen Science - The application of technology for citizen science is paving the way for large-scale data collection and research on understudied species.
3. Audio Augmentation - Innovative audio technologies are allowing people to experience and understand more about the soundscapes of natural environments.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - There are opportunities for consumer electronic companies to develop accessories and apps that enable citizen science and environmental conservation.
2. Tourism and Hospitality - The emergence of bat monitoring apps and other citizen science apps present opportunities for eco-tourism businesses to offer unique experiences for visitors.
3. Environmental Conservation - The use of technology to enable citizen science offers a promising avenue for researchers to gather data that could inform conservation efforts.
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