The Isolator Possibly The Strangest Helmet Ever Created

Samuel Reason | January 22nd, 2019

In 1925 a rather bizarre invention appeared called the isolator, apparently a helmet that would improve focus and concentration. The wearer would become completely deaf as it engulfed their head completely and even had its own oxygen supply.

When wearing the isolator concentration helmet, your vision would also be very limited via little slits. This allowed you to only see a small horizontal line and thus focus on your reading or writing. The isolator was invented by a pioneer of science fiction Hugo Gernsback, he was the author of Science and Invention magazine and also a prominent member of the The American Physical Society.

The American Physical Society is the second largest group of physicists in the USA, it covers all sorts of groundbreaking work for physics and helps promote safe practices. Gernsback was a part of this group and wanted to show his design & engineering skills. Thus was born the idea of the isolator, a helmet that would improve concentration and as a result, speed up physicist research.

At the time scientific curiosity and amateur experimentation were being encouraged throughout the United States of America, it was an age of breakthroughs and new discoveries in the world of science. The isolator though as you may have guessed from the photos, never really caught on. Many people found it much too cumbersome and a bit scary to be enclosed in such a big helmet.

In fact looking at the invention today without prior knowledge of its uses, you may be forgiven for believing that it is actually used for deep sea exploration. Gernsback however never gave up and promoted the tool tirelessly as a way to boost productivity. The statements were very bold about the device’s capabilities for improving focus, it is, of course, possible, but at the time the regulations and testing to check these sorts of marketing claims did not exist.

One thing is definitely certain, it is surely the strangest helmet man has ever created.

Next Article
  • The Secret Atlantic U-Boat Attacks Of World War II

    On January 13, 1942, German U-boats began their campaign on the Eastern Seaboard of North America, targeting merchant ships and oil tankers. And for the next seven months, they dominated the waters off the East Coast. German U-boat captains loved to be assigned to this region as it was an easy place to rack up...

    Read More
  • Humans Are Not The Only Species That Likes To Get Drunk

    Veterinary doctors around Northern Australia are used to the giant influx of parrots found on the streets being brought in for check-ups periodically throughout the year. They have dubbed it the drunken parrot season. A period of the year when the Red-collared lorikeets decide to get completely intoxicated and tipsy off natural brews. [caption id="attachment_9734"...

    Read More
  • Broccoli Is A Man-Made Plant And Is Never Found In The Wild

    Ever walked through nature and said wow that's beautiful broccoli growing over there. No, you never have, and never will do. That is because you will simply never find broccoli growing out in the wild. Never has anyone walked through a forest and gazed upon rows of wild broccoli. And the answer lies in its...

    Read More
  • World's Greatest Waterslide Was Tragic

    One would think the story of the world's greatest waterslide would be a terrific tale of excitement and wonder. Unfortunately this is far from the truth. The story of the world's greatest waterslide is one of sadness, lies and deceit, which ultimately ended in a tragic accident. Coming in at...

    Read More
  • The Classic GoldenEye Game Was Made By A Team Of Nine

    If you have ever played N64 then you definitely at some point played the iconic and classic Goldeneye 007 game. Based on the James Bond movie this game became an instant cult classic. Either you played it for hours with friends or you spend hours training to beat levels at...

    Read More
  • Nike Paid Michael Jordan's Shoe Fines

    Who doesn't love Air Jordans? The most iconic basketball sneakers of all time. Kids all around the world would beg their parents for a new and fresh pair of Air Jordans. Not to mention every aspiring basketball player wanted a pair. And why not? Michael Jordan is arguably the best...

    Read More
  • The Poor Housekeeper Who Became Disney Millionaire

    Back in the day Walt Disney had a large house and needed a housekeeper, and his whole family really adored her. This resulted in Walt Disney periodically paying her with stocks on special occasions, at the time these stocks were not really worth anything but pennies. But by the time...

    Read More