Assistive Throat Microphones
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The Story

Approximately 1.8 million people in the US have a difficult time speaking and being heard due to neurodegenerative diseases such as MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, and Muscular Dystrophy. Our patent-pending system is a comfortable, unobtrusive throat microphone-based assistive device that focuses on the wearer's voice. Building off our 19 years of throat microphone research and development, our system empowers our users to be heard again.

Freddie Feldman, CEO of VocoLabs, has been creating throat microphones for music performance since 1998. In 2014, Feldman decided to pivot the business away from music and towards assistive devices. He led a charitable project to build custom throat microphones for a pair of twins ("The Lads”) in the UK suffering with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Feldman crowdfunded the project, raising almost $8000 to build the mics, travel to the UK, and work with the The Lads. There is more information about that project here:

VocoLabs recently developed a custom throat mic for a woman living with MS in a nursing home in Naperville, IL. Not only does the system make it easier for someone with diminished speech capacity to be heard, but the reduced effort needed allows them to speak for much longer without fatigue.

Freddie Feldman’s grandmother had Parkinson’s Disease for 15yrs and passed away when he was a teenager. Feldman recalls, "I wish I that I could have had one of these microphones for her many years ago. I can still hear in my head, the sound of her strained whisper trying to tell me stories of her coming to this country at the turn of the 20th Century. The chats were never long enough, short-changing our connection, because it took so much effort for her to even whisper. At the end of your life with one of these diseases, you are robbed of the ability to express yourself with your loved ones."

VocoLabs News

Oct 20, 2018

VocoLabs CEO Freddie Feldman presented a TED talk at TEDxVienna to a sold out crowd in Vienna's gorgeous Volkstheater. The powerful talk chronicled Freddie's journey from beatboxer to the founding of VocoLabs.

Oct 19, 2018

VocoLabs filed for a provisional patent for our throat microphone system.

Aug 1, 2018

Custom prototype PCBs (printed circuit boards) have arrived from our contract manufacturer in San Diego (all American manufacturing for us) and they look amazing. We now begin programming & testing these boards in preparation for our first round of real-world trials.

July 15, 2018

Our new summer intern Max Collins, a PhD student at UC Irvine in Informatics joins the team for the next two months. He will focus on iOS development during this time, preparing us for our October prototyping milestone.

June 21st, 2018

VocoLabs is now a licensed MFi Development partner with the Apple MFi Program, a licensing program for iOS device accessories and technologies manufactured by third-party companies. The acronym MFi stands for "Made for iPhone", "Made for iPod", or "Made for iPad". Apple performance standards must be met for a product to be certified MFi. NOTE: VocoLabs' product is not yet certified by Apple.

May 15th, 2018

VocoLabs CEO Freddie Feldman will be giving a TED talk at TEDxVienna on October 20, 2018. The talk with discuss how we need to remember that people living with neurodegenerative diseases can still be helped even after the possibility of treatments and cures has gone away. More info on the event can be found here.


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The Timeline

Here is our history...

  • April 25th, 2014

    The rock was found on a beach in Fleetwood, England.

    Freddie & Sam hung out in Fleetwood, England while working on The Lads Project. Freddie picked up a few cool rocks to bring back to Chicago for his kids.

  • March 7th, 2015

    Sonya Frostad (Paid: $26)

    The rock was sold at the SingStrong DC silent auction for $26. It was purchased by Sonya Frostad and she re-donated it to be auctioned at the next event.

  • April 11th, 2015

    Dana Saffran (Paid: $100)

    The rock was sold at the SingStrong Chicago silent auction for $100. It was purchased by Dana Saffran and she re-donated it to be auctioned at the next event.

  • February 6th, 2016

    Scott Bennett (Paid: $25)

    The rock was sold at the SingStrong NY silent auction for $25. It was purchased by Scott Bennett and he re-donated it to be auctioned at the next event.

  • March 12th, 2016

    Diana Preisler (Paid: $25)

    The rock was sold at the SingStrong Chicago silent auction for $25. It was purchased by Diana Preisler and he re-donated it to be auctioned at the next event.

  • April 2016

    Next SingStrong!

    The rock will be sold again at the next SingStrong festival.

The Team

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Freddie Feldman

CEO & President
Freddie is obsessed with throat microphones. In 1999, he created The Thumper, the first throat microphone designed for music performance (seen on America’s Got Talent, The Sing-Off US, and The Sing-Off China). He has the largest collection of vintage military throat microphones anywhere in the world. He even consulted on the feature film Unbroken, recommending the exact throat mic Louis Zamperini would have worn on a B-24 Liberator bomber and how it could be used today in the production of the film. He holds both a BS in Computer Engineering and BMus in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University.

Dovy Paukstys

Dovy is the former CTO of genealogy process automation company, Real-Time Collaboration. He redesigned and implemented a lesser known framework to become the most widely used option framework for WordPress. Powering millions of sites world-wide, Redux is the core of many of the most successful WordPress products. Dovy holds a BS in Information Systems from Brigham Young University.

Michael Grimm

VP of Industrial Design
Michael has over 15 years of experience, generating over 25 patents, utilizing innovative creative thinking and design practices, following with solid and practiced product design, project development and testing. He holds an MS in Product Development from Northwestern University and a BS in Engineering from University of Illinois.

Barry Feldman

VP of Quality & Compliance
Barry has FDA regulatory compliance, quality assurance, auditing, FDA consent decree, and computer validation expertise in high profile pharmaceutical environments. Barry holds a Bachelors of Engineering from CUNY, a Masters of Engineering from NYU, and an MBA from NYIT.

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