hackaday reader john young writes:
This is a beautiful hack. Australian grad student Scott Mitchell turned a (pedigreed, as it turns out) sixties desk lamp into a parabolic microphone, a la Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation.” If that movie had spy-desk-lamps, that is.
the result is a really nice looking, covert, directional mic with integrated amp. the cmoy amp circuit that is used is described in detail and scott does a really nice job of seamlessly integrating the power led, volume control, and headphone socket into the lamp. awesome.