Its fair to say this is one of the crazier crowdfunding projects we’ve seen this year. Panasonic Wear Space is a peculiar looking device that is meant to help users concentrate.
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The portable gizmo comes equipped with noise-cancelling headphones and peripheral vision blinders. We hate to say it but there’s no way around it – Panasonic Wear Space really does resemble an advanced set of horse-blinkers! You may not see anything around you but other people will certainly notice you.
The device is made of flexible material that wraps around your head and can be twisted and folded. This allows users to adjust the “degree of preferred immersion in a personal space. The sound filtering function allows them to customize what sounds can get through, such as someone calling their name or knocking on the door.
We can definitely see this as something useful if you’re forced to sit in an open office environment, or are trying to concentrate in a busy restaurant or airport. That is, as long as you’re not too embarrassed to wear it!
The bizarre-looking contraption was demoed at SXSW in March. Designed in collaboration with designer Kunihiko Morinaga its has now moved out of the concept stage.
And if you think the whole concept is just a bit too out there, 262 people would tend to disagree. They’ve contributed some ¥7,924,000 which is just over a half of the amount Panasonic is hoping to raise through the Japanese GreenFunding platform. Backers can expect to receive the device in August 2019.
Price: ¥29,000 and up (around $260)
¥7,924,000 raised out of ¥15,000,000 goal
56 days to go
Estimated delivery: August 2019
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