We live in a world where technology is constantly evolving. The newest invention to hit the tech world is the Mutalk microphone. This unique device is a revolutionary piece of technology that attaches to the mouth like a muzzle and can be used for a variety of purposes. With its ability to suppress ambient noise and mute voices, the Mutalk is perfect for those who want to have private conversations without disturbing others. It also has a built-in Helmholtz resonator which can reduce noise levels by up to 30 dB. Furthermore, the Mutalk can be used as a Bluetooth hands-free phone headset, offering users up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. Despite its practicality, this device may not be for everyone due to its bulky design and high price tag. Nevertheless, the Mutalk is sure to make waves in the tech industry and is sure to be a hot topic at this year’s CES.
WTF?! Each year, CES presents at least one unconventional concept that will never get off the ground. We may have found this year’s winner with a microphone that attaches to his mouth like a muzzle. Enter the age of cyber idiots.
Virtual reality accessory startup Shiftfall has unveiled a unique microphone that users can wear. The microphone, called “Mutalk,” is similar to a VR headset, but for your mouth. Playing virtual games already looks silly enough to those watching. Adding this crazy device takes it to a whole new level of weirdness.
As ridiculous as it is Mutalk it may seem to have a reasonable practical purpose. When developing the device, Shiftfall was looking for a way to both suppress ambient noise around the user and mute their voice for those nearby, hence the name Mutalk — mute + talk.
Shiftfall claims their device uses a Helmholtz resonator, which provides muting of external and internal sounds by an average of -20 dB. For higher frequencies, such as screams, Mutalk can reduce the noise level by 30 dB. For users, this means that their in-game chatter can be muted so as not to disturb loved ones, while teammates can hear them clearly and ambient noise is reduced or eliminated.
The Mutalk the microphone isn’t just for virtual reality. Honestly, it looks a little less ridiculous when used without a belt. The bowl-shaped device turns off if it is placed with the mouthpiece facing up, such as on a table. By picking up Mutalk and pressing it to their mouth, users can have a private chat without disturbing their colleagues.
Shiftall says customers can use it, too Mutalk as a Bluetooth hands-free phone headset, providing up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge thanks to the 3.5mm headphone jack. However, I don’t see many people choosing this option over a decent set of noise-cancelling wireless headphones. It’s too bulky to be practical for that.
Even if you use it for hot multiplayer online games, it’s hard to imagine many people wearing this thing instead of regular Bluetooth headphones. Muting your sometimes vulgar chatter with others is an attractive feature, but the microphone feels too bulky and awkward for anyone who wants to carry it around.
Unlike many of the unconventional concepts we’ve seen CES, Mutalk seems to be a rare exception that will come to market. Shiftall plans to release the wacky device in the US this summer for $200 – another stumbling block that makes me think it’s doomed. I guess we will see, but I think Mutalk is unlikely to gain popularity among users.