We’re not talking headphones here, but rather devices that can reduce the noise around you, and make for better thinking, communication, conferencing and more.
Hearing the roar of the crowd can be amazing, especially if you take a step back to drink it all in.
Sometimes though, the moment calls for a river of peace and quiet. It’s all about balance. From noisy offices to crowded classrooms and busy cafes, it can be hard to come by but integral to getting stuff done, or simply tuning out in supreme fashion.
Here are 3 devices that can make a silent slice of heaven come to visit, if only for a moment, for either you or your desk mates.
These devices are the true, traditional deal. You might garner some raised eyebrows if you wear them at Starbucks, but life is for living your way, right?
Products like ClearArmor’s protective safety ear muffs come with a padded head band, adjustable fit, swivel cup design and are NRR tested and certified.
They’re said to provide noise reduction up to 31 decibels, and provide a light weight solution that works.
This gem has to be seen to be believed. The Helmfon forms a large helmet that could make it easier for those trying to focus on quiet work in a noisy space.
The helmet is sound proof and comes equipped with a space for your smartphone, a system board, a microphone, speakers, an accumulator and a maginifier. Inside it you can Skype with friends and colleagues, hold conferences, watch videos, make phone calls and more, all without disturbing your neighbors, or competing with their noise.
The device isn’t in stores or even on the market yet, but the company is promising to go forward with product testing as we speak. It claims to be preparing to test drive the invention at large corporations in the U.S. so stay tuned.
This one is for your mouth. It won’t cancel out the noise around you when it comes to your own ears, but it will silence your voice for others, and render your phone conversations private.
Hushme is advertised as the “world’s first voice mask for mobile phones” and it’s a sort of like a muzzle that sits over your mouth, as you talk. It hooks up to an app on your smartphone that allows you to make your voice sound like a squirrel’s, like Darth Vader, as if you’re surrounded by a noisy ocean or a deluge of rain, or maybe like you’ve just turned into a monkey. You know, because sometimes that’s just what you need.
Hushme comes with wireless in-ear headphones and powerful built-in speakers that allow you to also use the device as a portable wireless speaker.
Interestingly, Hushme, like the Helmfon, is also made by a Ukrainian team. The two don’t appear to be connected, but it does make the Ukraine look like a place a place full of interesting minds and a lot of private conversations.
What’s the release date? This remains undetermined, but reliable sources say the company is planning a crowd funding campaign for 2017 and that the price tag on Hushme will be under $200 USD.