RetroActive tries to do something a little different with audio recording. This app is designed to let users capture sounds around them, but not all sounds, all the time. How it works is that it essentially is constantly recording, caching the last minute of audio. The app runs in the background with iOS multitasking. If the user hears something that they want to save, they just re-launch the app tap the vial in the center, and the audio is saved. It’s similar to how live TV pausing and recording works with a DVR.

Yet, unlike the modern aesthetic of DVRs, RetroActive uses a retro-themed design, inspired by steampunk and Victorian-era technology. That doesn’t mean that it still doesn’t come with modern features: the audio is time-stamped and geotagged to remember the context of the recording. Audio can be exported to a computer, uploaded to SoundCloud, or shared via Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr.

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