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Office culture is already weird, but it could become weirder if this invention for making phone calls more private comes to be. Called a Bloxvox, the “voice privacy tool” is a contraption worn on your mouth to muffle your voice. Basically, it looks like a muzzle—and Twitter hates it.
The fact that this even exists is proof we live in hellworld https://t.co/PijUk1YS79— Definitely not Elon Musk’s escaped toad (@nyhcmaven84) May 23, 2018
CNET reported on the device Wednesday, explaining that “it’s designed to work with your existing headphones that have an inline microphone, which tucks into a slit in the Bloxvox.” There’s also an air hole in the front to let you breathe.
It’s not a fully realized product yet, but there’s a Kickstarter to raise money for its production along with a video showing how it could be used in an open-layout office setting. For example, it could definitely drown out the not-so-humble-brag of an office Becky demanding a bonus because she’s “crushing it.”
Despite entrepreneur Greg Umhoefer’s earnest goal to let people have more private phone calls in public settings, Twitter mercilessly bashed the whole idea. For one thing, it’s extremely reminiscent of a certain villain from the Batman franchise.
“When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.” https://t.co/2iysAm5KHu— Erin Murphy (@ErinDMurphy) May 23, 2018
will I sound like Bane? https://t.co/0bfgmgnNif— su-su-suspiria (@lipstickley) May 23, 2018
Finally I can live the dream of Baneposting vendors. https://t.co/llZulMePPV— Gene Park (@GenePark) May 23, 2018
“No one knew our office lunch order until I put on the mask.” https://t.co/XxpHb1vNi8— Dan Hevia (@DanHevia) May 23, 2018
Some people are just disappointed that we live in a world where this is a real invention as a byproduct of cutting costs (and office space) to increase production.
I’m told other companies have had success with this device called a wall.— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) May 23, 2018
This, of course, is the obvious next evolution of the open office space. 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/Aao2j3Ppa3— Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) May 23, 2018
Look, we may not have gotten jet packs and flying cars, but this is just as good, right? https://t.co/2iIR8zTkDZ— Shane Giberson (@ShaneGiberson) May 23, 2018
This is the future liberals want https://t.co/YGkycs7Zbg— Ramp Capital♿️ (@RampCapitalLLC) May 23, 2018
Go home capitalism. You’re drunk and it’s late. https://t.co/ySvStNTrBc— Reubs J Walsh #PCPEU (@reubsjw) May 23, 2018
Then again, maybe there’s some merit to a device that could give everyone a little more peace and quiet.
No but I would put it on other people https://t.co/edfFR5bVVC— Erik Von Wolfenstein (@ourheroerikw5) May 23, 2018
wondering if i could expense this to corporate https://t.co/D2mljwNNC8— Colleen McGrew (@colleennmcgrew) May 23, 2018
Of course, it’s all fun and games until corporations are buying muzzles in bulk ($30 each for 100!) for employees who don’t have the luxury of a private area for making phone calls, and we’re all stuck looking like Bane.
Look, Jerry, shut the fuck up and put this on or you’re fired. https://t.co/b7Ldu5hwfK— uɐpʇ[email protected] ✸ (@notdan) May 23, 2018
Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.