One of my favorite things to look for at the Consumer Electronics Show is items that may not be electronic, but help make the use of electronic products better. In this case, Smart Smarts Life Smartē Mute + ($ 24.99) from My Smartē Life electronics, but it is designed to give you privacy from the now ubiquitous Amazon Echo Dot and other Echo devices. It's like a style cone. You just drop it on top of your Echo unit. It fits all versions of Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot. You turn it on and it creates its own white noise that effectively dampens the microphones. It acts as noise-canceling headphones. It's not just a plastic hood!
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I have an echo in the bedroom, so I can see how it can be a cause for concern. Or what if you have echoes in the corporate board? Well, you can only disconnect a smart speaker, but then remember to plug it in again when you need it and it won't start immediately. If you just want to discuss something private, temporarily, Mute + can be activated with a timer, in steps of up to an hour, and of course you can physically remove it only from the top of the echo.
] Mute + lets you always see the Echo speaker light so you know if it is listening. It uses three AAA batteries, but it is a low light indicator so you should not be considered for dead batteries.
- Interesting concept
- Designed to block microphone, not just cover it  Timer option
- Works with all versions of Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot
- Can see Echo speaker light
- Sold in white or black
- Battery operated light indicator
- Could only disconnect speaker
Smartē Mute + from My Smartē Life can launch a new generation of products designed to protect us from our own smart products!