This helmet wants to be the solution for those looking to concentrate and be productive in the office

Sometimes you want to block the world so bad, you do not mind looking totally ridiculous while you do it. While most people would probably isolate the noise from headphones, the Ukrainian design firm Hochu rayu wants to offer you a large helmet to hide.

The Helmfon, presented to our attention by Designboom, looks like a more elegant version of the helmet used by Dark Helmet, the Darth Vader knockoff of “Spaceballs”. Hochu rayu designed the conceptual prototype for workers who need a break from the hustle and bustle of the office.

Hochu rayu says that the helmet can be worn on the shoulders or mounted on a wall or ceiling. It uses foam to muffle external sounds, offers a place to hold your smartphone and comes with speakers and a microphone so you can work and stay productive. Best of all, you can not hear your co-workers chatting.

The design company created the Helmfon while trying to figure out how employees can Skype on their desks without disturbing their co-workers.

This is not the first time a company has invented an unusual way to help you get out of the surrounding world. The ostrich pillow that swallows the head is a famous example, but you can also order an emerging tent called Pause Pod.

The Helmfon is just a prototype at the moment, but Hochu rayu is working on product testing and expects to offer a number of Helmfons for sale, although there is no firm deadline for its release.


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Rafael Nadal fought like a lion, but, for once, the lion was tamed. The Spanish, many people score for the trophy after their 10 French Open victory last month, saw their hopes of a third Wimbledon title ended in a dramatic, exciting 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4- 6, 13 of Gilles Müller, the semifinal No.16 of Luxembourg. Serving and volleying wonderfully along, the 34-year-old left-hander was nervous when a collector Nadal threatened to turn him around and reached the quarterfinals for the first time in his career.

Twelve years after surprising Nadal when the Spaniard came to Wimbledon after his first win at Roland Garros, this was an even better performance and a bigger shock, such was the way Nadal, 31, had come to the 16 without dropping a set. Müller, whose expression has hardly changed despite the most intense pressure, remained firm, achieving a famous victory after four hours and 47 minutes when Nadal sent a blow just above the baseline.

“I really have not realized what just happened,” Müller said. “It’s a great feeling, I was thinking if I had to come back the next day to finish the game, I’m happy to finish it and to be in the quarter-finals.” I had two sets, played very well and then Rafa raised him. I think I had four match points and I did not do them, so it was very difficult. “When I had these last two [match points] I told myself to go for 100%.