Sometimes trying to make a private phone call from your smartphone is a little tricky while in public places. One company is now trying to solve this by creating Hushme, the “world’s first voice mask for smartphones”.
Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about Hushme, which has been designed to protect your speech privacy while engaging in conversations on your smartphone in open space offices and public places.
Hushme has launched by Kickstarter this month to raise the $70,000 it requires to go into production. Pledges are available from $149 with shipping expected to take place during December 2017.
The developers of Hushme explain a little more about its design and inspiration:
Very often we come across a situation when we need to answer or to make an important call but there is no way we can do this, mainly, because of several reasons: first of all, we don’t want to bother people nearby, second of all, we don’t want them to tap our conversation. Now there is a solution how to avoid such inconveniences: Hushme – personal acoustic device that will help you to protect speech privacy in open space environments.
In the passive voice muffling mode, Hushme is locked over the mouth using magnetic coupling. This mode is provided by the innovative insulation materials, that are embedded inside the mask, by the extra soft cushion muffs and by the special sound-absorbing paint, that covers the whole inner surface of the device. So, people at the distance of 3 feet cannot decipher your words, while your speech is transmitted to the other end undistorted thanks to sensitive built-in microphone.
The cushion muffs are replaceable, so you can remove it in order to clean or to replace with new muffs. The size-adjusting system allows to set up the right size of the mask so it could fit any face. The active voice masking mode is provided by the electronics, which is located in the headband, and by the proprietary algorithms. Pressing the button activates the outer speakers, that are located on the perimeter of the mask, – these speakers will generate masking sounds.
Jump over to Kickstarter for a full list of all the available pledges as well as more details and full specifications on Hushme.
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