The gadget is a fabric-covered screen with built-in wireless Bluetooth headphones. Its shape allows to reduce the field of view by about 60%, and headphones with built-in noise cancellation remove unnecessary sounds around. "Helmet" works autonomously for up to 20 hours and is charged via a USB port.
The goal of Wear Space is to artificially create a personal space for the user to help them concentrate in an office or other space with lots of distracting noises. The device was not created to isolate the owner, but to inform others that he is busy.
“When a person puts on Wear Space, it becomes clear that it is better not to be distracted. We think this is a very important message,”the designers say. In their opinion, the popularity of openspaces does not leave office workers the opportunity to be alone, which sometimes negatively affects productivity.
The development of this device is suggestive of a dystopia. If Wear Space becomes widespread, society may find itself in a new reality, where "blinkering" will turn into a convenient way to avoid contact with people, notes The Verge.
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Wear Space is designed by Panasonic's Future of Life. So far, the noise canceling helmet is not officially a product of the Japanese manufacturer and has prototype status. Wear Space is set to raise £ 15m through a crowdfunding campaign to bring the device to market. The approximate cost of the gadget is $ 250.>