Ever felt that you wanted to record what was said a few minutes ago? Important phone numbers, memos, email address, noteworthy information or just some special moments. If yes, this new application Heard lets you record the audio sounds up to 5 minutes beforehand. Launched on the iOS platform on June 20, this app is continuously recording the surrounding sounds into a 12 sec, 30 sec, 1 min or 5 min buffer, with the previous recording constantly being deleted and replaced by a new buffer.
The idea behind the application, according to the App Store blurb, is to capture moments that we would have otherwise missed; as the blurb states “How many times have you been in a meeting, playing with the kids or just hanging out with friends and family…and wished you could have recorded what just happened? Unless you’re a mind reader, there’s never been a way to see into the future and anticipate all those save-worthy sound bites. Until now.”
Now, how do we save the recording since the cycle is ongoing and it erases the previous reading? The answer is simple. As soon as you feel that something important has been said and you want the portion to be saved for future listening, press the save button in the center of the iPhone display. This records the previous 5 minutes buffered segment.
The app runs in the background and once started, it records everything within the range of your phone which is quite perceptive. Now, the main benefit of the app is that instead of recording the complete audio anytime, most of which may not be required or be junk which will need to be edited afterwards, the user can easily record timed audio-portions (3 user selectable times) into an audio buffer file stored in the phone’s memory. These recorded clips can be played back at anytime and the user can also link these with the images in the phone.
The free version of the app comes with a 12 sec buffer and it is extendable to 30 sec, one or five minutes with a purchase of the app at $1.99.
The application sounds very convenient when one need to record special audio snippets but there are certain legal issues revolving around this. It is illegal to record someone else if they are not aware as it is against the current privacy laws. Since Heard is not the only recording app on the iOS app store (the devices already come with a built-in Voice Memo recorder), this issue may hamper the app’s usage and potential success.