Privacy is a major concern in our era of smart search
, wireless data
, and, ah, the occasional surveillance drone
. Individuals have responded to their privacy cravings in various ways: some unplug
, some meditate
, and still others venture into nature
. For those who desire “alone time” in their daily wanderings, these clever contraptions create physical barriers to diversions and discourage unwanted intruders.
Anyone who envied Harry Potter’s oft-used Cloak of Invisibility
will see the appeal of Cloud Cloak
, a wearable fog machine from Ibanez Kim Studio
. Once activated, the device—which resembles a cross between an oxygen tank and a high-tech neck brace—emits a personal cloud cover, cloaking its subject in an impenetrable fog and thus obscuring the wearer’s identity and expression. The external environment is likewise obscured from the wearer’s vision, creating an isolated space in which to claim a moment of rest, reflection, or meditation. The device is just a prototype, but aspiring illusionists can take comfort in the knowledge that research engineers, too, are pursuing practicable invisibility
Whether you’re standing street-side or sitting in an open office
, the din of ambient noise can be difficult to escape. Those who can’t fully separate themselves from the site of intrusive sounds can nonetheless find temporary relief thanks to designer Nick Ross
’s portable privacy booth. Aptly named Confession
, the piece creates a semi-enclosed, sound-absorbing space wherever it is placed. The two-sided booth allows for truly private one-on-one conversation, but also provides a respite for individuals who want to sip their morning coffee in solitary silence. While not quite as comprehensive as full-on sensory deprivation
, Confession offers a decent compromise to those who find themselves in a noisy bind.
Fear of crowds, clinically known as demophobia, may once have driven its sufferers out of cities and kept them from enjoying, say, a summer day at Disney
. But student-designers from Germany’s Detmold School of Architecture
hope to help the crowd-averse re-enter urban spaces with OwnZown
. This two-way mirror “stealth cap
” was designed to create a private space in public, allowing those who must mingle among crowds to simultaneously enjoy the freedom and tranquility of their own personal pod. Though OwnZown makes a visual statement that may, paradoxically, draw in curious onlookers, its sharp-edged aesthetic keeps intruders at literal arm’s length while enclosing the wearer in comforting silence.
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