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Parabolic Microphone Pen

It can pick a whisper out of a crowded room - and it writes!
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Pen with a retractable dish that can focus distance sound on pickups near the point. It has a headphone jack in the non-business end.

Useful for students, reporters (especially political pundits from the New York Times), and your basic nosy person.

centauri, Sep 12 2000

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       Make the dish detachable and get a convenient cosmic ray deflector beanie in the bargain!
jutta, Sep 12 2000
  

       This is only a *little* off subject--Rods, have you every experimented with making the platters from defunct disk drives into reflectors? Seems like with the proper form one may be able to squeeze the aluminum-substrate ones into shallow bowls, eh?
Dog Ed, Apr 29 2001
  

       Ouijabrella -speaking of OuiJa... Yes-Fr./Yes-Grmn.
thumbwax, Apr 30 2001
  

       *scratches head* whatwazzat, thumbwax?
absterge, Apr 30 2001
  

       I have a vague memory of this gadget (exactly the same, right down to the earphone) on The Man From U.N.C.L.E or some other 60s-vintage spy show.
td, Apr 30 2001
  
      
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