If you've tried having a proper conversation with someone at a noisy pub, you'd understand the significance of the giant speech bubble helmet. The dorky headgear, designed by Scottish product design student Elaine McLuskey from Edinburgh Napier University, is in essence a glorified astronaut helmet with three large circular cut-outs for your face and ears.
By limiting the area of the background din and chatter outside the goldfish bowl over your head, the sphere is supposed to help you hear your conversation partner more clearly. McLuskey has even come up with a "stationary" version that joins pairs or groups of revelers with a headsize hole on either side.
"My research found that in some cases a person's environment can be more disabling than a hearing impairment and so, in some respects, we are all hearing impaired on a daily basis," McLuskey said. "I hope the very noticeable and eccentric appearance [of the helmet] starts people talking about hearing impairments. The aim is to challenge and even change attitudes toward hearing aids and of course, to help people enjoy a good old natter whilst still enjoying the atmosphere of a teaming pub!"
Her designs are among those being showcased at the Edinburgh Napier University's School of Arts and Creative Industries' Degree Show from now till May 23.
(Source: Crave Asia)