This Gadget Lets you Make Real Subtle Private Calls Without Anyone Hearing
Here’s a gadget that I wanted to show you guys purely because it looks like a joke but is in fact deadly serious. What essentially looks like a pair of headphones pushed down the front of a guys face is in fact the Hushme, a gadget that was birthed in Ukraine and is currently undergoing its kickstarter campaign. It’s about halfway to its goal and I’m not 100% sure if it will make it, but I still feel the need to talk about it.
The Hushme looks like the first tentative steps towards a dystopian vision of the future where peoples faces are completely covered in tech. Just look at this guy. He’s the epitome of cool as he makes his private call in a bus depot.
In its most basic form the Hushme is a bluetooth headset which you can drape around your neck and use passively. In the normal headset mode, Hushme connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth and you can use it as hands-free headset while speaking on the phone or listening to music.
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.
For the truly paranoid there is the voice masking mode, which transmits sounds from speakers on the outside of the hushme. A special algorithm modulates this sound relative to the intensity of your voice: the mask “is silent” when you are silent, it raises or lowers the volume or pauses completely following your voice.
This is a device that could be handy in very limited scenarios, but I’m sure James Bond is going to love it. Even if it makes him stick out like a sore thumb.