OK, before I get labelled for being lazy and not searching enough on the iOS Appstore or Google Play store, I have searched but couldn't find the specific features I need from the various Voice Recorders out there. Perhaps you might have come across a suitable app, so please get in touch with me!
Basic Idea / Elevator Pitch
The idea was borne from the many commutes to work and back, listening to the car radio, or reading some big billboards that caught my attention. For me, when listening to adverts on the radio, or some plugs during an radio interview, I would try to make a mental note (especially some new websites to check out), or when checking out some billboard, try to remember the site or key terms to follow-up for later in the day or whenever I have some free time.
What happens often though, by the time my journey is over, I've forgotten most of the stuff I wanted to follow-up on! What was that URL again??
So I thought wouldn't it be nice that whenever I came across something interesting to follow-up, there would be something that I just trigger, or tag for follow-up, it will record the last audio stream of whatever it heard: If the radio was playing and I gave the signal like "Tag", then the last ten seconds would be recorded. If I saw a billboard whilst driving, then I speak it out, and say "Tag" and presto, it gets recorded. At the end of the day, I go back an review all the things I tagged (no need for me to forget anymore). You could also have some way of triggering the device to record, hit the screen or button, or something - the trigger will just instruct the device to save the audio buffer into this playlist.
Then I thought about it a bit more, realised this could even be useful in the work-place as well, during meetings or keynotes, just take stuff for following up (audio stream).So I thought there should be an app for this: Call it instant Recorda :-)
Basically the app listens in the background, constantly recording the audio stream, waits for the trigger, and saves the last ten seconds. The file is tagged by date & time, and could be stored in playlist of some sort. And the opportunities grow from there… I have discussed this idea with colleagues and friends, they seemed quite positive about it, so hopefully there is some merit in pursuing this further.
Idea is shared Public on Trello