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New PPE for a post-COVID-19 world

PPE in a post covid-19 world

We are always on the lookout for new innovations in PPE but this new Personal Protective Suit may have just gone far beyond our wildest expectations. A design company has developed models for providing safe protection in a post-COVID-19 world.

The suit reportedly allows for people to safely gather (and Party) in times of pandemic.

Unique Features of the PPE Include In-Suit Beverage and Vape Supply System, Mounted-In Speakers, Smartphone Integration, Computer Vision Safety Camera, Privacy-Driven Voice Communicator, and a Breathable Helmet with Unobscured Views

The creative studio headquartered in Los Angeles and Spain—has recently announced the Micrashell, a personal protective equipment design concept that allows for human-to-human interaction in group settings. It’s a new and exciting concept that could prove popular in times of lockdown (assuming we are allowed to go out).

Taking a holistic approach to experience-building, Production Club has extended its creative resources to design personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be employed to bring people together and revitalize a once-vibrant ecosystem of interdependent industries.

With other brilliant minds working on more pressing medical protective measures, Production Club leveraged the studio’s expertise in event production, live show design and visual arts to identify ways to preserve the essential need for real in-person connection—one that cannot be substituted with video chat services and virtual raves. The Micrashell is a virus-shielded, easy to control, fun to wear, disinfectable, fast to deploy suit that allows socializing without distancing. Offering relief for industries dependent on social interaction in close proximity, the suit is intended to be a pragmatic yet design-forward solution for this pandemic and others to come.

“Production Club was born in the rave counter-culture so DJing and safe partying is in our blood. If a roadblock that prevents this very thing suddenly arises is our responsibility as leaders and designers to come up with solutions for it,” says Production Club’s Head of Inventions Mike808 (Miguel Risueño).

“With everyone in our industry focused on developing virtual solutions we decided to focus on something more emotional, physical and inherently human so the industry as a whole could have a broader chance to recover promptly. The team behind the design comes from a very multidisciplinary background, from robotics to fashion to vfx. We worked in 12h shifts between Spain and LA until the design was done. That’s how Micrashell was born.”

“While the future of the live music and events industry is precarious, Production Club is actively working on solutions for ourselves and clients that will allow us to safely gather together,” says Production Club’s Head of Special Projects Corey Johnson.

“We believe events are essential to the human experience and create the memories that define our lives. While we might not see a Coachella-sized event for some time, we are excited by the challenge to create innovative solutions to push forward quality live entertainment and human connection.”

Micrashell Main Features:

  • Overall: Air-tight top suit and helmet are made of tactical high-performance and cut-resistant fabric, developed for durability, endurance and easy disinfecting procedures. Top-half design allows the user to easily slip on and use the restroom (or even engage in sexual intercourse) without having to take off the suit.
  • Air-Filtration Helmet: The helmet uses a particulate filtration system based on the N95 standard approved by NIOSH. The necessary fit-testing exercises will take place in a test chamber following OSHA guidelines. Outside of the US other standards may be followed (FFP2 / KN95 / P2 / DS FFR)
  • Visibility: The helmet is made of hybrid materials including a clear but stiff shield that protects the eye region for easy visibility while the rest of the helmet is made from a softer but see-through material to allow for easier neck rotation. The entire helmet is clear to allow for unobscured views of users’ facial expressions to maximize emotional connection.
  • Voice Communication: Wireless voice communication system based on physical proximity and orientation, and user-defined rules for social interaction, such as privacy settings. The control system additionally allows users to control the audio levels of different external sources individually, and modify how their voice is presented/streamed to other users in real time.
  • Sound System & Audio Processing: Integrated, controllable internal speaker system that allows users to listen to live music in 3 modes: directly streamed from the DJ/band (dry), as an emulation of the room’s sound based on Psychoacoustics (wet), and as a passthrough from the room thanks to the suit’s embedded microphones. Contact bass speaker cones integrated in the back area to transmit low frequencies under 150Hz by direct contact with the user’s body.
  • Video Camera: Pan + Tilt camera system with RGB LED monitoring has three main functionalities: “camera app” function that connects with your phone to take snaps and videos; “chest eye” system that allows users to see in realtime things that their suit or helmet subsystems might be occluding; and proactive computer vision safety recording based on AI analysis of external agents.
  • Phone Integration: The suit has a custom pocket for the user’s smartphone (data and power), which allows the user to control the suit seamlessly.
  • Beverage & Vape Consumption: Users will be able to safely consume drinks and vape via specially designed loading chambers underneath the helmet. These supplies are contained inside easy-snap sealed canisters, making them not accessible by anyone besides the user and the bartender.
  • Fashion Accessories & Add-Ons: Strap system allowing expandable garment to fit people of different sizes; quick attachment features across the pouch and suit allowing for add-ons and fashion customization (ie patches, velcro, magnets, hooks, as well as an accessible NFC pouch.
  • Lighting Communication System: Suit contains several groups of RGBW lights that can be customized to serve as indicators of the user’s mood, needs, warnings, messages, desires and more. For example, a rainbow lighting chase effect across your suit can express joy, while a static red light could express “busy.” A green slowly intermittent shimmering light could express an “idle” or “resting” state.

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