Shiftall Inc., a subsidiary of Panasonic, specializes in creating “unknown” hardware and software for the metaverse. The latest invention to be added to their list is the Mutalk — a gaming accessory microphone that also acts as a soundproof device.
The rather odd strap-on mouthpiece Mutalk allows the user to yell and shout directly to the microphone while its pill-shaped enclosure muffles the sound making it difficult or impossible for others in the room to hear.
Acting as a plug-and-play microphone, the Mutalk automatically turns on when the chassis is attached to the user’s face. Once the user starts to talk “inside” the enclosure, the sound is transmitted via Bluetooth to the other end of the source; another user, voice chat, computer, phone, or headset.
With an enclosed pill-shaped design, the Mutalk is a notch above the sound isolation quality of a regular gaming microphone. Such a feature can make audio clearer to the receiver while remaining a lower speech volume by at least 30 decibels inside the room.
Although the Mutalk microphone is primarily designed for gamers and metaverse applications, it can also be used in business settings as it is compatible with Windows, Mac, and smartphones. Since the straps may be a bit awkward to wear for professionals, one can opt to detach them.
Similar to how a hand-held steno mask microphone works, the Mutalk can assist professionals to conduct real-time reports and meetings in public without lowering their voices.
Currently, the Mutalk microphone has a running waiting list in Shiftall’s Japanese store. However, there is no news yet on when the Mutalk will be available in the US and other locations. If the wait is not to your liking, then other gaming microphones are readily available for you.