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Isolation Booth

Conveniently located pay-per-minute isolation chambers
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Sometimes you just want to be alone.

On a planet populated with 6.7 billion people, this can sometimes be difficult. Until now, those seeking social withdrawal were required to drive, fly or ambulate to some unpopulated location just to enjoy a peaceful moment un-fettered by fellow human beings.

Now, however, total isolation can be found mere blocks away in an Isolation Booth.

Whatever your reasons, our sound proof, 100% deluminated booth will provide you *and only you* with complete and utter isolation from the rest of the world for only 1 U.S.D. a minute.

Get away from it all in your nearest Isolation Booth.

MikeD, Jul 26 2009

Gwen Rockwood: "The Sound of Silence" (2007) http://nwanews.com/bcdr/News/75705/
Phantasizing about the home version. [jutta, Jul 26 2009]

Halfbakery: Sleeping cubicles Sleeping_20cubicles
Halfbakery deals exhaustively with the powernap fad, needs rest. [jutta, Jul 27 2009]

Wikipedia: Isolation tank http://en.wikipedia...wiki/Isolation_tank
Another fad that's blown over. This one's about sensory deprivation, not social isolation - but the technical demands are similar. [jutta, Jul 27 2009]

Relaxman, $39,995.00 http://www.amazon.c...ule/dp/B0006MWV86/r
Door-to-door shipping from Switzerland not included. [jutta, Aug 23 2009]


       How esoteric, [Jutta].
MikeD, Jul 26 2009

       Just hide in a closet, wrapped in a blanket, wearing earplugs or noise-canceling headphones.
sninctown, Jul 27 2009

       Sleep, social isolation, and sensory deprivation are different things. Real sound proofing is much harder than what's needed to let most people fall asleep; and you'll want to be awake to truly enjoy your socially isolated "alone time".   

       Incidentally, as far as I can tell, this "powrnap" thing must have blown over - all I can find are the promo materials, but no test and no photograph from the installation. I've never actually seen this at SFO. (I know that catnaps have been an existing fad, I'm just talking about this particular version of it.)   

       Japanese Manga/Internet cafes fill the need for privacy and social isolation, but don't do much for sound isolation - you just get your own cubicle.
jutta, Jul 27 2009

       .... and noseplugs ....
8th of 7, Jul 27 2009

       In Norfolk we call it 'Thetford town centre'.   

       Unless one counts the virtually deceased occupants of charity shops, one can walk through unimpeded by social interaction of any kind.
Twizz, Aug 19 2009

       Surely one just announces that one is not at home and sends the staff away?
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 23 2009

       In Cambridgeshire we call it 'Thetford village centre'.   

       And //virtually// Sp.:
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 23 2009


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