We’ve all had it happen: Siri, or dictation, or music will start playing on the iPhone at the absolute worst possible time. The iPhone does have a “silent” switch, but in iOS, not all audio applications are created equal. The silent switch keeps the actual ringer quiet, but not much else.
System sounds, such as Siri, still come through loud and clear. In some environments, that really isn’t acceptable. That is the idea behind Mutator, a project recently launched on Kickstarter. Mutator is a simple concept: route the sound through the headphone jack so as to keep the sound from coming through the speaker. After being routed through the headphone jack, is kept silent. The result is that no sound is actually produced.
The device itself is small and discrete, albeit well-designed. You can find it on Kickstarter. The project is currently at $8,761 of its $24,000 goal, with 26 days to go. It’s a simple project, but perhaps the simplicity is the beauty of this concept.