Wearable recorder keeps your mic close at hand

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Kapture puts an omnidirectional mic on your wrist.
Kapture puts an omnidirectional mic on your wrist.
Photo: Kapture

There are people who walk this earth with a recorder and mic much the way a photographer does with a camera. Like the eye, the ear picks up rich and textured details, from the husky-voiced uncle spinning a yarn at Thanksgiving to swirly gusts of wind rousting the last leaves of fall clinging to their branches.

Whatever peeks your audio curiosity, Kapture is a discreet recorder ready at the wrist to save the ambient sound that orbits your ears.

Worn like a smartwatch, the Kapture takes in the sounds within a five-foot radius of you, continuously recording on a 60-second loop. Should you enter a verbal agreement with someone or hear something worth saving, like an infant’s first word or an inspirational gem from your grandmother, tap the face of the Kapture device to save the last minute of audio.

Sound is continuously recorded on a 60-second loop. Tap the face to save a clip to an iOS or Android app.
Sound is continuously recorded on a 60-second loop. Tap the face to save a clip to an iOS or Android app.
Photo: Kapture

Kapture is equipped with an omnidirectional microphone and a battery, the company by the same name says, will last the day. The wristband transmits your soundbites via Bluetooth to an app you download to your iOS or Android device. The app also gives the user the ability to edit clips and share them on social media.

Vibration and an LED light notify the wearer when a clip has been saved or if the battery is on low. Kapture comes in six customizable colors and has a clip-on accessory if you’d rather not wearing on your wrist.

“We hear amazing stuff every day, but what do we do with what we hear?” founders Mike Sarow and Matthew Dooley say on the Kapture website. “When you see something, you take out your camera and snap a photo to savor the moment. But when you hear something, you often don’t get the chance to go back and get it, to relive it or to share it with anyone.”

The Kapture is available from the company website for $129 during a limited time.