Surprise, surprise! Open plan offices aren’t always the dreamy, upbeat, hipster havens they are portrayed as in movies like The Intern.
First of all, your office probably doesn’t have Anne Hathaway or Robert DeNiro hanging around in it. Secondly, if it does, well… are you hiring?
I mean, if we were kicking it with DeNiro and had an in-house masseuse, going to work wouldn’t feel too bad.
But let’s face it. Most of the time we’re just trying to get our work done and hit our deadlines. Being able to hear your colleagues munch their morning snacks, or see whatever Youtube video they’re watching, is often more distracting than fun.
Well, it turns out that Panasonic has heard the cries of young professionals everywhere. In a bid to end your shared workspace woes, the tech giant’s design studio, Future Life Factory, has created what are basically horse blinders for humans.
Yep, they’ve taken the bygone concept of office cubicles and wrapped it around your face. The blinders are called “Wear Space”, and primarily act to blur your peripheral vision.
Goodbye Steve, Jane, and the guy three desks down who chews really loudly.
While they look simple the blinders are more high-tech than those on your average horse. They include built-in noise-cancelling headphones to allow you to truly pretend that you’re alone in the office.
Talking to Dezeen, a spokesperson of Panasonic said:
“As open offices and digital nomads are on the rise, workers are finding it ever more important to have personal space where they can focus. Wear Space instantly creates this kind of personal space – it’s as simple as putting on an article of clothing.”
The device made its entry into the world at SXSW earlier this year. While they’re yet to hit the market, the product now has a crowdfunding campaign to make it a reality. You can pick one up for about AU$362.
If the Wear Space sound up your alley, you should check out these ad-blocking glasses. They’re surprisingly cool. Pair the two together and you’ll be a walking dystopian nightmare.
[Lead and body images courtesy of Panasonic]