In 1925, apparently there were so many distractions in the typical workplace, that Hugo Gernsback – a writer, inventor, publisher, and member of the American Physical Society decided to do something about it. Gernsback was called by some the “Father of Science Fiction.” His writing was well known, and he created the first science fiction magazine. The result of his work on the distraction issue was called “The Isolator” and was published in the 1925 issue of “Science and Invention.”
The “Isolator” is designed to help focus the mind when reading or writing, not only by by eliminating all outside noise, but in a very interesting design, allowed the user to read just a single line of text at a time through a horizontal slit.
So the next time you feel like the distractions of the workplace are getting the best of you, just think about Hugo Gernsback, and remember that for every time and every culture, “distraction” means different things to different generations.
What do you think of Hugo’s answer to the problem?