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This Anti-Distraction Helmet From The 1920s Is Creepy But We Kinda Need It

"The Isolator" was made to block distractions and help people focus.

"The Isolator" was a helmet invented by Hugo Gernsback back in in 1925.

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Gernsback wore many hats, perhaps that's why he needed a helmet to help him focus. He was an inventor, writer, editor, and magazine publisher, who was responsible for introducing a rather ~scandalous~ magazine at the time, Sexology: The magazine of sex science.

Gernsback was also referred to by some as "The Father Of Science Fiction." Here he is, wearing one of his inventions, TV Glasses.
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Gernsback was also referred to by some as "The Father Of Science Fiction." Here he is, wearing one of his inventions, TV Glasses.

So, back to "The Isolator." This creepy helmet which sort of resembles a gas mask, was marketed as a tool to help block distractions.

It was made of wood, lined with cork, covered with felt, and it blocked out sound and vision.
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It was made of wood, lined with cork, covered with felt, and it blocked out sound and vision.

Gernsback claimed that the helmet reduced distracting noise by up to 95 percent. So basically, whoever would put this helmet on was completely ~isolated~ from sound. The small eye cut-outs also helped wandering eyes concentrate on whatever was right in front of them.

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  1. So, now that thanks to our beloved phones we have a shorter attention span than goldfish, do you think this helmet is something you would wear today?

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    Yes!!! I need one so bad.
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    No way, that looks dangerous.
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So, now that thanks to our beloved phones we have a shorter attention span than goldfish, do you think this helmet is something you would wear today?
  1.  
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    Yes!!! I need one so bad.
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    No way, that looks dangerous.
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