These human horse blinders will keep open office workers from being distracted

Panasonic's design studio Future Life Factory, with avant-garde Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga, have created Wear Space which are essentially glorified horse blinders for people who work in open-plan offices. They are designed to create "psychological personal space"

WEAR SPACE is a wearable device designed to aid concentration by limiting your senses of sight and hearing, via noise-canceling technology and a partition that controls your field of view.

As open offices and digital nomads are on the rise, workers are finding it ever more important to have personal space where they can focus. WEAR SPACE instantly creates this kind of personal space – it’s as simple as putting on an article of clothing. The device can be adjusted based on the level of concentration you desire, so it adapts to the various situations you’ll find yourself in...

Wear Space is currently available to preorder through a Japanese crowdfunding campaign for ¥29,000 (approx. $259).

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Portable background for video conferencing

I usually do one Google Hangout a day, sometimes more (I also use the same kind of Beam robot that Snowden uses.) I work out of the guest bedroom in my house, and I've never been happy that other people can see the bed behind me. I recently bought a WebAround ($(removed) on Amazon, which is a big round screen that attaches to my chair, and creates a neutral wall behind me. I wish I'd bought it a long time ago.

It's easy to fold up:

I wish it were a bit larger, because the edges show unless I'm pretty close to the computer. But it is so much better than not having it. Read the rest