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  • “Our smartphones are with us 24/7. We carry them with us all day long, and when we sleep, they’re placed on the nightstand next to us to charge. If smartphones were a person, that person would hear our most sensitive conversations and know everything there is to know about us, including our finances, mental and physical health, relationship status and more. Should that sensitive information get into the wrong hands it could be problematic to say the least,” said Dave Nickel, CEO of Pozio. “We are offering the world’s first wireless phone charger that blocks our smartphones from listening to us until we want them to.”

  • The Pozio Cradle, a listening blocker with wireless charging for cellphones, is now available for purchase at talk. Pozio Cradle, the world’s first phone charger with anti-eavesdropping technology, will be available in March 2022 and will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. “We’re introducing the world’s first wireless phone charger, which prevents our phones from listening to us unless we tell them to.” Smartphones are well known for constantly listening, recording, storing, and in some circumstances sharing users’ personal information. Mobile apps, in addition to onboard smart assistants, are a source of exposure.

Founded with a goal of helping people take back their privacy when using smart devices, Pozio products allow people to use smart devices as intended while providing peace of mind that their activities are not being perpetually monitored. Secure and totally private by design, Pozio devices are simple to set up, do not require an internet connection and never record or store user data.

With Pozio Cradle, privacy is guaranteed. It never records a person’s voice, it has no hard drive and because it’s not connected to the internet, there is no way for it to store or share any personal information. Pozio Cradle joins the company’s growing line of smart device privacy solutions, including the Pozio Shield for smart speakers. The Cradle – Block is priced at USD $109 and Cradle – Block & Talk, which adds voice-controlled deactivation of the listening blocker system is $119.

Pozio uses patented technology that works in the background to prevent the always-listening microphones in smart devices from hearing private conversations. Simply place the smartphone in Pozio Cradle to charge the phone and it immediately starts protecting the user’s privacy as well. When a user wants to interact with their smart device, with a simple command, “Pozio Stop,” users can turn off the sound blocking technology for 30 seconds [1], allowing them to then access, summon and speak commands to their smart assistants as they normally would.

A: Pozio uses patented technology to block the microphone on your smart speaker or smartphone, which in turn prevents your devices from hearing your conversation. When you want your device to start listening again, just say “Pozio stop.” A: Pozio devices use an embedded speech trigger recognition system that can only hear one command, ‘Pozio stop’. Listening for this single command poses absolutely no threat to your privacy because Pozio devices don’t connect to the Internet, nor do they have a hard drive to record or store your information. The only service this command offers is to pause blocking for 30 seconds if you choose to use it.

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