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Innovation of the Week: Horse blinders (for humans)

Innovation of the Week: Horse blinders (for humans)
Panasonic

What is it? Horse blinders for humans

Innovator: Panasonic

What were they thinking? We’ve all got to work. But those co-workers — ugh. Especially in the newly-popular open offices. You can only listen to so many good-mornings and how-are-yous, right? Well, now there’s a way to shut it all out: horse blinders for humans. Panasonic’s “Wear Space” is a bendable partition, equipped with noise-cancelling headphones, that curves around the head and blocks about 60 percent of a user’s horizontal field of vision — allowing us to focus intently, and entirely, on the glowing screens two feet from our heads.

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Did it work? It’s isn’t clear yet how the blinders will sell. Website Dezeen reports that “Wear Space” is still in the prototype phase, and subject to a crowdfunding campaign. But initial reviews of the block-out-the-world product are a little, well, dark. “At what point do we just give up,” TechCrunch’s Brian Heater asks, “and admit we’re living in exactly the dystopian nightmare speculative fiction warned us about?”