We all know the feeling of being trapped in a Zoom meeting or online drinking party where you want to escape or disappear for a while. Perhaps you need to go answer a call of nature? Perhaps you are just bored and need a break? From the inventive mind of designer Marina Fujiwara, the Loading Circle Online Meeting Emergency Escape Machine is the solution to our woes that nonetheless has its tongue firmly in its cheek. At the flip of a switch, it throws up a physical replica of the loading circle icon, allowing you to pretend your screen is frozen. Meanwhile, you can click to log off and escape being on camera. Just remember to hold your facial expression steady or you risk giving the game away. All right, so this is what they call in Japan a chindogu - a useless gadget. But it's still a lot of fun and, we think, does have a genuine function in these post-coronavirus times. We cannot guarantee that your coworkers or friends won't spot that the loading circle is fake, but it's worth a try!
The Loading Circle Online Meeting Emergency Escape Machine features:
- Displays a fake loading circle so you can pretend your screen is frozen
- Perfect for escaping Zoom and other types of online meetings
- Collaboration between designer Marina Fujiwara (Muda-zukuri) and Maywa Denki
- Power: internal battery
- Instructions: Japanese (but easy to understand and operate)