Ever feel like you’re a slave to the man and your work/life balance isn’t quite in sync? Well, to make things worse, Panasonic’s ‘Future Life Factory’ is developing wearable blinkers that are designed to limit your sense of sound and sight, and help you focus on what’s directly in front of you, i.e. your computer screen.

Panasonic Want to Limit Your Sense of Sound and Sight at Work

Yes, aiming to combat the negatives of ‘open offices’ and ‘digital nomads’, the Panasonic Wear Space is designed to keep out those pesky office distractions. Created in collaboration with Japanese fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga, the device cuts a user’s horizontal field of vision by 60%, encouraging them to concentrate only on what’s directly in front of them.

Basically a human horse blinker, the device features a curved strip of flexible material that wraps around the back of the head and extends out to screen the sides of wandering eyes, essentially doing away with peripheral vision. Viewing angles can be adjusted by pulling and pushing the two ends of the Wear Space, depending on how much you need to concentrate.

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The blinkers are attached to the head through a pair of noise-cancelling headphones which are fitted to the inside of the blinkers. As well as featuring wireless Bluetooth technology for music or sounds, they also block out ambient sounds through three levels of noise cancellation.

For most, we imagine the Panasonic Wear Space blinkers is a pretty grim idea but Panasonic clearly feel there’s enough demand for the technology – almost certainly from large companies who want to eke out more of your soul – and have a crowd-funding campaign running until December to drum up support. Find out more here.

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In other questionable technology news, last week San Francisco-based Palm unveiled their brand new tiny smartphone. Measuring in at 3.8 inches tall and 0.3 inches thick, it’s not looking to fully replace your current smartphone – rather just be an accessory to it…

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