Things to put on your head

Some can be useful, we're told

Mike Yamamoto Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.
Mike Yamamoto
The 'Office Collar' We Make Money Not Art

Remember when you were in fourth grade and wanted to stop other kids from copying your stuff? You'd erect a fortress of open books around your paper, blocking it from prying eyes and creating a little courtyard in the middle for your work.

That's what the "Office Collar" essentially wants to do for your head, except in reverse: It's basically a horse blinder for humans, aimed at keeping you from getting distracted by your surroundings. Textually.org notes that this self-imposed isolation device, the brainchild of designer Simone Brewster, could also be used to help spare co-workers from the intimate details of your phone conversations. Never mind that it makes you look like The Flying Nun in the process.

Head in box We Make Money Not Art

What really intrigues us, though, is the project pictured just below it on the same page, depicting what looks like a guy who had a box dropped on his head Looney Tunes-style. The description, which says this contraption "uses wireless CCTV observation systems and LCD TV screens to allow him to both fly a kite and see what the kite 'sees' from the sky," makes no sense to us--the guy flying the kite in the video doesn't have the box on his head, for example--but we don't care. The photo alone is worthy of our weird helmet collection.