Flash memory is turning up in all kinds of unusual places, and here it finds a home in the base of a high-quality Sennheiser omnidirectional microphone. Powered by two AA batteries, the FlashMic can run for eight hours, and its gig of flash memory can store 18 hours of broadcast quality audio. Although the memory card isn't removable, the resulting files can be downloaded to a Mac or PC via USB 2.0.

This is a professional device, recording linear PCM MPEG audio at 192kbps at up to 48KHz, which is not the highest of high-end audio but certainly is good enough for broadcast. Might be a good tool for well-heeled podcasters with an extra $1300 lying around.

Product Page [HHB Communications Ltd., via ĂĽber gizmo]