HushMe allows you to have discreet business & personal calls anywhere

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Let’s get straight to the elephant in the room... New privacy tech gadget HushMe is not going to win awards for product design, but the physics of sound demands its form. When you want to screen those within earshot out of your private conversation, you either expend the time to find an unoccupied room or send everyone else out. The third option, however, looks like this (video below).

At first glance the HushMe may provoke mirth, and that alone has been a dire push factor for many failed wearables (remember the Google Glass?). But instead of just novelty and cool factor, the product offers up a concrete means of securing a precious commodity: ultimate privacy, in portable format.

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By trapping the sound from speech within an enclosed space, HushMe foils conventional eavesdroppers and even listening bugs placed by private investigators and their ilk. Professional lip-readers, too, will draw a blank since your mouth is obscured from view. The device can also emit noises to mask even your inflection and tone of voice, although that may make you even more conspicuous.

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It’s decidedly unfortunate that the device had to take on a form considered comical by the tech-averse. But the alternatives would have been bulky, helmet-like apparatus like spacesuits, or daily security sweeps of your office. Futhermore, the portability and expedience HushMe provides doubles up if you’re a jetsetter that’s frequently in transition. There’s also the added benefit of sounding clearer to the other person on the line.

The HushMe is expected to retail at about S$290.

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Story originally appeared on The Peak.

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