I need a spy type of microphone

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April 11, 2015 at 14:14:35
Specs: Windows 7, Intel i7 / 4 GB
Ok, here's what's going on. I work in IT in a very fast pace office environment. I have a pathetic memory and about a two second attention span. Some severe ADD. I have some medical problems (don't feel like going into that in this topic.) But because of my medical problems, the doctors really don't have any ADD medicine they can give me to make my situation better. (I was supposed to be a vegetable at birth and I work as an Engineer for a fortune 500 company... so I've way outdone anything my docs ever thought I could've made it to.)

But I have serious ADD and some things people say to me stick and some things I will swear they never said to me and I'm sure they did, but I'm sure I just totally forgot after 5 minutes.

I need to correct it somehow. I'll go into situations in daily life and work and someone will start just spewing out info at me and the average person probably can remember it all. I miss parts and I don't always have a pen and paper in hand. (Also trying to write down every detail of something usually leads to someone not paying 100% attention and missing detail.)

So, I have to do something about it. I'm thinking about just rigging something up that when I'm at work, I'll just record all audio that happens around me all day at work. If something happens, that I need to get the detail and can't catch it all, I'd like to be able to sneak off and pull up the recording and hear it again.

I have a little recorder that can record hundreds of hours digitally. But it's pretty noticeable if I'm just waving it around all day so people can talk into it.

I wear bluetooth earbuds all day that has a microphone. I just downloaded an app that allows me to use that to record to my phone. But that doesn't quite work because I listen to music a lot during my day at work and I've noticed if it's recording, I can't listen to music. So, I have to do some switching of settings fast to record and it's too obvious to the person I'm talking to that I'm setting up a recording.

My office requires a nice shirt and tie all the time. I just got to thinking maybe if I had a tie clip that had a hidden microphone. But then I have a weird wire I have to wire myself everyday. Kind of odd. And I just did a google search and don't see such a thing. I see tie clips that have cameras in them and then they record with a separate microphone. But no clips with the microphone in it and no camera. (I have no need to video all day.)

I actually just purchased a cheap $5 pen off of ebay that has a built in microphone and camera in it that is supposed to record quite a bit of stuff. One, I'm afraid being $5, it will end up leaking ink on my shirt and I wonder how well it will work.

What I think would be really cool is if I could get a gadget that basically was an audio DVR (dvr is digital video recorder so I guess I'd need a digital audio recorder DAR LOL) Then it would just record all the time in a loop just reusing the memory. If I heard anything, I could push a button after the fact and maybe it would save the last 30 minutes of stuff I just heard to a file. That would be awesome if I could figure out a way for that to work.

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April 12, 2015 at 00:11:14
In my view, your needs/request are really way beyond the scope of Computing.net forums.

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April 12, 2015 at 01:07:55
You mention not wanting to wave around a digital recorder so people can talk into it. Maybe something like a high quality bluetooth wireless microphone with its receiver connected to the recorder would work. You may have to occasionally move it depending on your daily routines and its range but it should allow you to surreptitiously record most of the conversations around you.

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April 12, 2015 at 07:40:10
I was thinking about a Bluetooth microphone. But does anyone have a recommendation of one that works well? Also, since I listen to music all day on my wireless ear buds with a microphone, does anyone know if I can pair another wireless microphone and will the phone allow my wireless ear buds to play music while the wireless mic record whatever is going on around me all day? Maybe I would have to get a separate Bluetooth capturing audio recorder.

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April 12, 2015 at 19:37:15
A bluetooth signal source will broadcast to multiple devices paired to it. Bluetooth is not a particularly secure signal and you occasionally hear of someone in the next car picking up your cell conversation.

I'd be inclined to keep all the hardware separate and don't have a recommendation as I've never used a bluetooth microphone but hopefully others will post in with their thoughts.

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