Summary: From helmets that filter your air, to a fishtank-esque bubble, these new PPE options can make you feel safer, but also fit right in on a Star Trek set.
Original author and publication date: Sarh Rose Sharp – November 20, 2020
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: The future is here. Period. End of discussion.
From the article:
It’s easy to focus on ways in which the future we were promised has failed to arrive (I refer, of course, to the lack of flying cars). Sometimes, these disappointments can distract us from those moments when the future looks exactly like we were promised. By this, I mean that the COVID-19 pandemic has generated some hardcore PPE options beginning to hit the mass market, and they look basically like Star Trek wardrobe items. And I am here for it (inasmuch as I am here for anything that does not involve leaving my house very much).
There’s this sweet option from VYZR Tech that “is a functional outer layer that shields your personal space and filters your air.” I guess we have different definitions of the word “functional,” but I suppose it beats being hooked up to a ventilator. It’s a type of PPE known as a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) and typically used in healthcare settings, but let’s get this thing to a clamoring public!
We can all feel as safe as Elroy Jetson on our way to space school!
There’s also the MicroClimate AIR, which trends in the direction of space helmet — or as I like to think of it, the “Mr. Freeze.”
But you can always count on artists to get in on the fun with aplomb. For style and purity, top marks go to the iSphere by art collective Plastique Fantastique, an art group which “samples the performative possibilities of urban environments.” The project is directed by Marco Canevacci and Yena Young, including collaborators Marco Barotti, Markus Wüste, Christoph Tettenborn, Carsten Reith, Sabrina Pützer, and many other participants.