In the metaverse, no one can hear you scream – with this privacy microphone

we are in CES 2023 In Las Vegas, now that virtual reality is getting closer to the mainstream, we’re seeing a lot of accessories to help gamers enjoy the so-called “metaverse”. Shiftall is a VR accessory and hardware maker that has solved some interesting problems for users who want to have a serious time in VR, like how do you keep yourself hydrated without dropping the virtual ball? Or how do you keep your virtual reality sessions private if you can’t see around you to listen?

Shiftall’s FlipVR controller is based on the Lighthouse technology used with VR headsets such as LED indicator and the HTC Vive Pro 2. Lighthouse trackers are modular systems, and Shiftall has come up with a unique way to attach a Lighthouse tracker to a portable controller that flips away when you want to use your opposite thumb.

Shiftall Mutalk privacy microphone on a man wearing virtual reality gear

The Shiftall FlipVR controllers let you hold onto the water while you play (Image credit: Future/Philip Berne)

With a flick of your wrist, the controller flips over, and you can grab a water bottle, or start typing on the keyboard. Flip the controller back over for quick access to the joystick and buttons.

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