The Scream Muffler



Patent No. 4834212, issued on May 30, 1989 to inventors Moira and Frank Figone.:

There is a need in our complex society for a device which can be placed over the mouth and into which a person may yell or scream but which muffles the sound so others are not disturbed. Such a device would even be more useful if it provided an indication of the intensity of the sound thereby providing feedback to the user.

It is a general object of the present invention to provide a sound muffler which can be placed over the mouth to receive and muffle sound from the mouth. It is a further object of the present invention to provide a sound muffler which provides means for measuring and indicating the intensity of the sound which is muffled.

But there seems to be a prior art issue here, because I did a news search and found a story about a woman, Diane Berkowitz, who was selling a scream muffler in 1987 described as a "silver-colored sphere which opens to reveal some sort of sound-absorbent acoustic foam."

Perhaps the Figones were able to claim their device was unique because Berkowitz didn't add blinking lights to indicate the scream intensity.

Ripley's Believe It or Not - Mar 5, 1987



The White Plains Journal News - Aug 7, 1987

     Posted By: Alex - Fri May 22, 2009
     Category: Inventions





Comments
what a valuable tool for guys with the middle name wayne. :gulp:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/22/09 at 09:08 PM
So where can I get this? I live and work with a stressed/high strung individual, I think this would help us both out.
Posted by qualityleashdog on 05/23/09 at 12:07 AM
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