In the realm of eyebrow-raising inventions, Skyted, the brainchild of ex-Airbus VIP Stéphane Hersen and acoustical engineer Frank Simon, is making waves at CES 2024 with their "Mobility Privacy Mask" and "Hybrid Silent Mask" – essentially, fancy dystopian sci-fi face masks that claim to absorb voice frequencies. But are these gadgets more than just peculiar fashion statements?
Skyted boldly asserts that their masks can muffle 80% of your voice, providing an exclusive haven for private conversations in the midst of chaos. Commuters, business executives, and travelers are promised a bubble of silence, courtesy of these high-tech human muzzles.
As we ponder the potential impact of Skyted's 'voice frequency absorbers,' let's consider the humble acoustic panel. These sound-soaking champions have graced boardrooms, offices, and auditoriums for years, providing a reliable barrier against noise pollution. But what if, just what if, Skyted's masks become the silent disruptors that steal the limelight from our dear acoustic panels?
Skyted promises a world where you can speak in silence, regardless of your surroundings. Picture this – boardrooms filled not with acoustic panels but with executives sporting sleek, voice-absorbing masks. The once-ubiquitous panels are reduced to mere wall decorations as masked decision-makers hold silent conversations. An acoustic panel industry left pondering its fading significance.
Skyted's foray into gaming and military applications adds an unexpected twist. Imagine a future where gamers, instead of decking out their rooms with acoustic panels, opt for the immersive experience of donning these voice-absorbing masks. Military installations adorned with face-muffled soldiers, silently strategizing without the need for bulky acoustic solutions.
While Skyted's lack of focus might be apparent in their scattershot approach, it could also be a stroke of genius. Why bother with acoustic panels when you can wear a Kylo Ren mask that absorbs voice frequencies? Will the world be left questioning the very foundation of sound quality as Skyted's masks become the avant-garde disruptor?!
As Skyted marches forward, it's unlikely that these voice frequency absorbers will truly mark the end of acoustic panels. They say as much themselves. We expect it is more likely to become a footnote in the grand history of eccentric inventions. One thing's for sure – the intense rivalry between masks and panels is a comedic tale in the evolving saga of auditory innovation, but we will let you decide. Is the human muzzle the end of acoustic panels, baffles, and clouds?