San Francisco start-up Celestial Tribe ltd is preparing to release one of the inventions of the year. Muzo is the first piece of “Anti-Vibration Technology and Noise Making Technology”. In other words, it’s a device that allows you to filter sound, and even eliminate it altogether. A mute button, in short, which allows you to block out the noises around you. Your personal bubble of silence.

For DJs who are constantly red-lining, it might be the ideal gift for your neighbours who can’t take any more of the endless afters sessions.


The little grey box can be used in three ways. Serenity mode removes the sound from the room you’re in, and allows you to enjoy some silence, or just watch a Netflix series and actually understand what’s happening without the subtitles. The second mode, Sleep, puts you into a relaxing acoustic atmosphere. Using the smartphone application, you can choose between 12 different sounds, from the blowing of the wind to the splashing of a river, by way of the crackling of a campfire. Nice.

And when you want to play secret agent or just bitch about someone who’s not too far away, put it in Secret mode. It isolates your discussion from the outside world so the people next to you can’t hear it. All this thanks to some cutting-edge technology that borders on witchcraft.

Thanks to a Kickstarter funding programme, Muzo is scheduled for release in 2017. You can preorder one of these magical boxes now for the modest price of 159 dollars, instead of the 249 expected at launch. And for those who don’t have the means to get hold of one, there’s always this map of the most isolated locations in France.