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TableTalk assistive listening device helps you hear through the chatter

Even for younger people, conversations in crowded, noisy environments can be difficult. So imagine how older members of the family must feel in a bustling restaurant or even sitting in the backseat of a car? Assisted listening devices on the market now are limited, mainly dealing with single two-way conversations or a broadcast from one person to many.

Kilteron’s TableTalk advances the concept of an assistive listening device by making it more of a conference call. A single TableTalk device acts as a hub for up to 6 Bluetooth headsets, normalizing volume and cancelling out all extraneous sound from them all. The result is a conversational experience that’s better for everyone involved.

A TableTalk device for use with already purchased headsets is $350 while $450 gets a base station and accessory pack that presumably includes a set of Bluetooth headsets. TableTalk is expected to ship in September 2016 should its $150,000 Kickstarter campaign be successful by December 25th, 2015.

Listening devices like this don’t actually do any of the work TableTalk does, making the product a true standout in a crowdfunding world full of empty ideas. The biggest letdown with TableTalk is its lack of easy charging built-in to the device that severely limits its convenience, although a stretch goal—an ambitious one—promises it.

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