Human Blinders Block Out Distractions

It worked on horses so why not humans?

Panasonic has created Wear Space, a high-tech version of horse blinders (or blinkers) that block out your peripheral vision and minimize distraction from your co-workers. It's a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and a U-shaped fabric wrap that goes around your head.

Kang Hwayoung, a member of the Panasonic team that developed the device told Japan Times:

An increasing number of companies have started to extend use of hot-desking in their offices, with workers freely choosing space to work, while startups often use co-working offices.
More diverse working styles have become a trend. “On the other hand, everyone sometimes wants to be alone and concentrate,” said Kang Hwayoung, a member of the team that developed the device.
Thus, the 330-gram Wear Space’s ability to create a semi-personal space will come in handy, she said, adding that the concept is (literally) to “wear space.”
Covering your head with the fabric partition can also stop people from trying to make small talk.

(Photo: Panasonic)

There's a video clip of it in action, too:

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