In an age of relentlessly positive inspirational quote sharing, here’s a refreshingly discouraging breath of stale air:
Distraction Free Thinking Cap, 1925 Edition
Consider this the anti-Google Glass.
Via Pacific Standard:
Decades before Twitter, Snapchat, and viral cat videos, inventor Hugo Gernsback bemoaned the difficulty of concentrating on desk work. Even back in the 1920s, noise from the street and the frequency with which “a telephone bell or a door bell rings somewhere … is sufficient, in nearly all cases, to stop the flow of thoughts,” he wrote. Even more perniciously: “You are your own disturber practically 50 percent of the time,” always willing to be distracted by the wallpaper’s pattern or a buzzing fly, he warned.
Gernsback’s solution, presented in the July 1925 edition of Science and Invention magazine, was elegant in its simplicity, if not its design: the Isolator, a head-enveloping helmet that sealed out external sounds and sights. Narrow eye slits would prevent the wearer from seeing anything but a piece of paper directly in front of his or her face.
As Pacific Standard points out, an oxygen tube was provided to help ward off drowsiness.
Image: The Isolator, via Pacific Standard.