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.