MobileViews mini-podcast 41: Testing 3 microphones to record a podcast in a busy restaurant with Paul Lawler

Richchip Bluetooth microphone (top) and Richchip wireless lavalier microphone pair with USB-C receiver (bottom)

For this recorded-in-person podcast, I was joined by Paul Lawler at the Heavenly Island Lifestyle restaurant in East Honolulu where he had the Bibimbap plate and I had a Chicken Katsu plate for lunch.

The main purpose of this mini-podcast was to field test three microphones in a busy noisy restaurant

We used:

  1. An iPhone 15 Pro Max built-in microphone
  2. Richchip Bluetooth wireless microphone connected to an iPhone 15 Pro Max. This is a single  microphone designed to be used as a lavalier clipped to a collar. However, for this test, I placed the mic in between us with an 18 to 24 inch distance from the mic to each of us.
  3. Nearstream AWM10T wireless lavalier pair of microphones connected to a Google Pixel 7a. In prior tests, I found that Nearstream recordings were nearly inaudible when using an iPhone.  However, it produced acceptable audio volume when used with an Android phone. Each mic was clipped to a shirt collar roughly 6 to 7 inches from the speaker’s mouth.

All three audio files were processed by Adobe Podcast Enhance (a cloud based service). Generally speaking, my opinion is that the best post-processed audio came from the Nearstream lav mic pair. In all cases, my speech had the most audio aliasing artifacts while Paul’s speech sounded much better than mine. I suspect it has something to do with our respective “timbre”.

Our actual discussions were mostly about Paul’s recent 3D printing efforts and aspects of Adobe Podcast Enhance and Adobe Podcast Studio beta.

Paul Lawler’s 3D printed dragon with articulated joints

Bibimbap plate. Heavenly Island Lifestyle restaurant

Chicken Katsu plate. Heavenly Island Lifestyle restaurant

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MobileViews Podcast 490: Looking back at 2023 and forward to 2024

In this final podcast of 2023, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall look back at 2023 and forward to 2024.

Todd’s 2023 tech picks

  • Google Pixel Tablet
  • Adobe Podcast Enhance
  • GenAI/LLM
  • Thermal label printers – Thanks to Jon for recommending this tech
  • Various wireless lav mics tested for recording in-person, in-the-field, podcasts

Jon’s 2023 tech picks

  • Apple Watch Ultra 2: Great battery life, doesn’t look too crazy big, and fast.
  • Ai
  • rpods Pro 2 with iOS 17: Adaptive noise cancellation and conversational awareness is amazing.
  • Withings BodyScan Smart Scale

Looking to 2024: Good & bad

  • Streaming services consolidating and adding fees
  • Apple
    • Jon’s planned iPad Mini Experiment
    • iPad mini 7?
    • Vision Pro alternatives that work with iPhone 15 Pro spatial videos?

Dedicated to Pepper…

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MobileViews Podcast 489: Spatial Video without a Vision Pro? Amazon Your Books; Google Gemini with R; Anker Power Tank


In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

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MobileViews Podcast 488: Google Gemini AI in Bard and NotebookLM; AI recreating deceased entertainer’s speaking voice for biopic; Windows 10 EOS



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

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MobileViews Podcast 487: Google AI discussion with Steve Lujan & Daniel Liu from Google


Steve Lujan & Daniel Liu of Google

In this podcast I speak with Google Customer Engineering Manager Steve Lujan and Google Enterprise Architect Daniel Liu about real-world applications of Google’s various established AI products/services such as Document AI, Vision AI, and Contact Center AI. They also discuss the Google Gemini general model AI that launched just a day before this podcast was recorded (launch date = Dec. 6, 2023).

Note: During the podcast I (Todd) said that Google Bard was reporting that Gemini was not available for me yet. However, after post-processing the audio for this podcast, I tried again and was told:

Google Gemini is already available for Google Bard!

As of December 7, 2023, you can access a specifically tuned version of Gemini Pro within Bard.

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MobileViews Podcast 486: Guest co-host Sven Johannsen. Favorite 2023 gadgets (so far)


BougeRV mini fridge


I’m joined by guest co-host and frequent guest panelist Sven Johannsen for this podcast. We discussed some of our favorite 2023 gadgets as well as a few disappointments. We start, however, with a few other items.

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