The Isolator: This Insane Anti-Distraction Helmet From 1925 Would Fit Into Any Modern Open Office – Design You Trust

The Isolator: This Insane Anti-Distraction Helmet From 1925 Would Fit Into Any Modern Open Office

Maybe you blame your smartphone or your open office for the fact that you can’t concentrate at work. But distraction isn’t exactly a new problem: In the 1920s, Hugo Gernsback published a design for a creepy-looking helmet that blocks out sound and vision so someone can focus on their work. As a writer, editor and inventor, he had a lot to do and no time for distractions. And yet, they lurked everywhere he looked. So, he created something he called “The Isolator”.

A full-face helmet made from solid wood, Gernsback’s invention claimed to cut out 95 per cent of any noise bothering the wearer. Another handy feature was the minimal vision it allowed. A small piece of glass granted the person wearing it sight, but even that was painted black, with only a thin segment scraped clear to allow you to see paper in front of them.

The good (and maybe bad) of being both an inventor and publisher, is no one can stop you publishing images of your own ridiculous inventions. This contraption was featured in Gernsback’s own magazine, Science and Invention, in 1925.

Later, the inventor added an oxygen tank when it was found wearers were getting sleepy inside the quiet, dark and – as it turns out – carbon-dioxide-filled helmet.

Laugh all you want, but it seems as though the Isolator may have actually worked – at least for Gernsback. His editing and writing output was so vast that some now dub him the Father of Science Fiction.

h/t: vintag.es



If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go! Brilliant 1980s Pop & Rock Music Publicity Photos
sQuba - Underwater Concept Car
The 1955 GMC L’Universelle Dream Truck
The Lost Corvettes: 36 Chevrolet Corvettes From NYC Barn Find To Be Raffled In Charity Sweepstakes
“Bikes, Broads, Beer, and Boogie”: The Great Collection of Biker Magazines from the 1980s
"Pure White": When Asbestos Was Used As Fake Snow
Baby Car Seats From the Mid-20th Century Moms Wouldn't Buy Today
Facebook's New Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA
Watch Parts Motorcycles
If Modern Internet Companies Existed In 1970s - Early 1990s
Botanicalls Kit
Polish Stalkers Turned The Lights On In Pripyat, 31 Years After Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
Revolve Camera Dolly
This AI Turns Your Headshot Into A Renaissance Masterpeace
IKEA Pee Ad: Retailer’s Controversy Ad Acts As A Pregnancy Test
"Russian Riviera": Resort City of Yalta in Stunning Photos by Martin Parr
Dolphin Shorts: The Favorite Fashion Trend Of The '80s Teenage Girls
Photos of Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin During the Filming of ‘Zabriskie Point’, 1970
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
Collaborative Cooking Machine
19th-Century People Have No Clue What To Do With 21st-Century Technology
Artist Transforms Present Technologies Into Objects From The 1980s
Urban Exploration Photographer Reveals Abandoned Ferrari & MG Sports Car. Bonus: Lamborghini Diablo Goat Edition
Amazing Vintage Photographs Of The TC-497 Overland Train Mark II, The Longest Offroad Vehicle In The World