Is this the perfect solution for working alongside noisy colleagues?
Perhaps so, if you’re not too shy to look like a weirdo!
Trend-monitoring website Springwise.com has discovered the Helmfon, a helmet-like creation from Ukrainian design house Hochu Rayu which fully reflects outside sound waves, blocking all sound from reaching the wearer.
Helmfon – a word which blends helmet and phone – is equipped with a system board, microphone, speakers, accumulator, magnifier and a inside space for a smartphone, allowing the user to watch videos, organise Skype conferences and make calls from within the helmet. “The device is built to be like a private pod, separated from the buzz of an office.” writes Springwise. “It can be used in different positions, such as mounted to a wall or ceiling, or simply rested on a user’s shoulders.”
Made from foamed polyethylene and glass fibre, the helmet is very light and therefore easy to move around.
Helmfon can also be customised by the client so all employees of a company can have branded, matching devices.
While still at prototype stage, it was revealed at IT Arena, Ukraine’s largest tech event, where Hochu Rayu received several propositions from local companies eager to have staff test the device in their offices.