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POOF-Slinky - Scientific Explorer Bionic Ear Electronic Listening Device, 016000BL

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  • Listen to conversations or other sounds without being detected from up to 300-feet away
  • Look through the targeting scope and then pull the trigger to amplify sounds
  • Highly sensitive microphone picks up soft whispers and transmits audio through the included headphones
  • Adjustable sensitivity control eliminates unwanted background noises
  • Recommended for children 6-years of age and older
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 4.5 x 12 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00168TQ28
  • Item model number: 16000
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 5 - 12 years
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,434 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

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The POOF-Slinky 016000BL Scientific Explorer Bionic Ear is a versatile electronic listening device that allows your child to listen to conversations or other sounds without being detected from up to 300-feet away. Look through the targeting scope of the Bionic Ear to sight your subject and then pull the trigger to amplify the sounds. The highly sensitive microphone picks up even the softest whispers through the sound cone and transmits audio through the included headphones. The microphone features an adjustable sensitivity control to eliminate unwanted background noises, such as the rumble of traffic and other random sounds that distract you from the target. Simply turn the frequency controller dial in either direction until you achieve the desired noise reduction and clearest sound. When not spying on others, this device can be used to study birdcalls, wildlife sounds and other noises that helps to hear while being undetected. The Bionic Ear includes an electronic listening device, sound shield and headphones. This device is easy to assemble and use, requires a 9-volt battery (not included) and meets or exceeds ASTM F-963 consumer safety specification for toy safety. Spies on secret missions won't miss a sound with the Bionic Ear. Scientific Explorer is the industry leader in science kits that help develop critical thinking skills, inspire imagination and encourage exploration through interactive experiments and activities that make learning fun. The POOF-Slinky 016000BL Scientific Explorer Bionic Ear Electronic Listening Device is recommended for children 6-years of age and older. POOF-Slinky is the manufacturer of the world famous Slinky and the top selling POOF foam sport balls in North America, both manufactured in Plymouth, MI and Hollidaysburg, PA. Ideal and Scientific Explorer are other well-known brands, rounding out the POOF-Slinky family. With roots in the toy industry for over 100-years, POOF-Slinky brands continue to grow and broaden. New generations of kids, their parents and grandparents have proven that classic toys never go out of style.

Product Description

Spies on secret missions won't miss a sound with Bionic Ear. Listen to even the most faint and faraway sounds within a range of up to 300 feet. Bionic Ear includes background noise reduction that makes your hearing amazingly clear. Requires 9V battery, not included. Ready to wear right out of the box.

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Customer Reviews

I have to admit we were very surprised at how well this works.
R. Price
It was cool the first day they opened and played spy but doesn't work from far enough away to make it fun to "spy".
Sbdomingues
The radio or sound waves are collected and focused by the dish which acts like a lens.
C. Mckim

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

122 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Nature Guy on September 25, 2009
I had been researching various parabolic microphones online for awhile. I noticed the striking similarity in construction and design of this "toy" and the higher-priced ($50-$80) units sold under the Orbitor and Pro-Orbitor models. Well, you guessed right (if you guessed as I did), this <$20 "toy" is the very same device, just marketed to a different audience. The only difference is that instead of having a low-power spotting-scope for aiming, there's just an empty tube in this one. And on opening this one up, I found out that the chip to do the 10-second recording and playback (in the Orbitor models) are missing from the circuit board. That's all fine and well, because if you read the reviews both of those features in the higher-priced models that include them they are fairly useless or badly implemented.

I bought this to "tinker" with it for nature recordings. There have been reviews of the same device under other brand names claiming that directionality is lacking. This is not true. I find that for high-frequency sounds the aiming must be within about 2-5 degrees to the source. People also erroneously mistake the true frequency filter for a "volume" control. It is a variable cut-off filter to adjust how much "bass" you want to listen to. There's good reason for this. If you filter out the low-frequencies (that seem to emanate from everywhere) using the tunable filter you can obtain rather good directionality and clarity on distant voices and sounds.

However, there is a bit of design flaw in this (and I presume all the high-priced Orbitor models), where the microphone pickup is situated. Unfortunately the access ports to allow the sound through the central microphone support column are cut too small. My Dremmel-tool and X-acto blades to the rescue.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Mckim on April 11, 2011
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Think about how a parabolic dish receiver is supposed to work, whether it's for collecting a satellite signal or for sound waves like this one.
The radio or sound waves are collected and focused by the dish which acts like a lens.
The focal point will be above the center of the dish, which where you see the LNB located on every TV satellite dish.
On this product the little tower protruding from the center of the dish is for decoration only, and the microphone is actually located at its base.
If you point the dish at the sun you will see a ring of light focused near the top of the tower, which is where the sound waves will be focused too, and that's where the microphone needs to be.
The toy need to be disassembled, the microphone leads lengthened by about three inches or so and the microphone relocated to the top of the tower.

The improvement is phenomenal and changes a toy into semi-professional tool.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Reisch on January 7, 2009
I got this for my son who is into "spy toys". This Bionic Ear works really well! You really can spy on conversations from a distance. The toy even picks up soft sounds such as whispers. Be careful on what you talk about when your kid is using this toy!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dan Z on February 26, 2009
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Works pretty well for an assembly of cheap plastic pieces. The box says it has a "scope" for pinpoint aiming. This is actually a large hole in the base that you look through, and is totally unnecessary. The unit just isn't directional enough to require careful aiming.

The box also points out the "sensitivity control" for adjusting the "sensitivity/volume." The instruction sheet says this is a frequency control to help eliminate background noises, and that is how it seems to work. There is no volume control. Oddly, turning towards "low" makes it more sensitive to high frequencies, and vise-versa. It is pretty sensitive to wind noise, and has a fair amount of hiss at all times, due I presume to the inexpensive electronics.

Suggestion: use better headphones. The ones supplied do not fit flat to the ears, and are not adjustable for that. They will never fit a child well, seemingly being designed for "fat heads."

I am going to use it for listening to bird sounds.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 20, 2012
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With deference to Nature Guy, who wrote an exceptionally detailed and helpful review nearly 3 years ago, this product appears to have changed significantly since his review. I would use the feedback links to tag his comments as NOT helpful if it were possible to do so without disrupting his good reputation as a reviewer. Although I have no doubt that his observations were entirely accurate at the time of his writing, they are no longer relevant to the product being sold under the name of "Slinky Science Bionic Ear". It is unfortunate that older reviews remain prominent on the product detail page when the newer reviews are now the most pertinent.

At some point in the last several months, the manufacturers of Slinky Science Bionic Ear have concluded that merely attaching a parabolic reflector somewhere in the proximity of a microphone is adequate for a toy; to extend the microphone all the way to the end of the focusing shaft is simply no longer worth the effort. This decision renders the center column superfluous and produces a listening device that is slightly less directional than one might achieve by placing a condenser mic at the bottom of a 32oz. drink cup from the local gas station.

This toy is, in essence, everything it claims to be. One can hardly be disappointed by a moderately priced item marketed in the genre of "spy" toys; a genre which has produced such technological marvels as "Night Vision Goggles" that consist of colored lenses with LEDs positioned on either side of the frames.

In their defense, the phrase "parabolic microphone" never appears in the descriptive content on Amazon's product page. Instead, they simply state that "features include a parabolic sound collecting dish". This is undeniably correct.
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