In a world where distractions abound, finding a way to silence noisy neighbors or colleagues can seem impossible. Shiftall, a Japanese company known for developing connected devices to enhance teamwork, has come up with a unique solution to this problem: Mutalk, a microphone designed to reduce noise pollution and provide peace and quiet for its users.

A Revolutionary Acoustic Phenomenon

The device, which utilizes the Helmholtz resonance phenomenon, is capable of isolating the user’s voice while reducing ambient noise during speech, making it ideal for making discreet calls or participating in virtual meetings in public places. During normal conversations, the device reduces the volume by 20 decibels, making it impossible for others to hear the conversation even if they are next to the user. When the conversation becomes heated or loud, such as during a gaming session, Mutalk switches to a 30-decibel reduction for the comfort of those nearby.

The Mutalk mask-microphone does not cover the nose, which can change the user's voice, says Shiftfall.

The Mutalk mask-microphone does not cover the nose, which can change the user’s voice, says Shiftfall. © Shiftfall

Simple to Use and Portable

Connecting to smartphones or computers, Mutalk is easy to use and even comes with a removable strap for hands-free operation. The device’s small size and impressive noise reduction make it an attractive option for those who want to reduce noise pollution in their surroundings. However, the device’s curious design may be a turn-off for some, as well as its $200 price tag.

The Future of Noise Reduction Technology

Shiftall’s innovation shows how technology can provide solutions to new problems, and Mutalk is an excellent example of this. While it is not yet available in France, the device has the potential to be a game-changer for those who need a little peace and quiet in their lives.