Congratulations for your work for all the team that has developed this project!
I am working on designing a "cloth" for the Audiomoth that could serve to protect it from the inclement weather, preserving all its qualities. I think it's a pity that such an interesting project can be considered as "throwaway" because of its low price
For this I am using a small commercial electric box with lid (171 * 100 * 100 mm), which meets the following requirements,
- IP65 waterproof
- When opening the lid, easy access to the batteries and the control elements
- enough interior space to accommodate more capacity Lipo batteries, if it will be necessary
- External microphone
To be able to outsource the control elements of the PCB (LEDs, switch, microphone, ...) I would need to redesign the board, increasing its size to accommodate the necessary connectors
What do you think about this ?
I appreciate your opinion, indeed that such changes will increase the cost of the device, but I understand they have to raise to ensure their conservation abroad, and perhaps to improve usability and performance. My goal would be to ensure that a properly protected Audiomoth does not exceed a cost price of $ 100. If I get it, I'll tell you
I am guessing that to start adding in connectors and the wiring to have the leds and switch remote from the board would greatly increase the production cost, so making the units less afordable. So from my user perspective it is not something I would welcome.