California Design Firm Proposes COVID Suit For Concerts
The Micrashell, a suit that allows concertgoers to enjoy live events in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic - Production Club / Youtube
A local design firm in California has proposed a protection suit against the coronavirus, allowing concertgoers to attend live events and music festivals without the risk of getting infected by COVID-19. Called the “Micrashell” by its designer – the California Production Club – the suit includes a futuristic helmet, filtration system, and LED lighting.
According to News 4 New York, the design firm hopes that the “wearable, technology-driven personal coronavirus protection suit” will allow audiences to enjoy concerts amidst the pandemic. Miguel Risueno, Production Club’s head of inventions, shares the important features of the protective suit. “Micrashell is a solution for bringing people together. It’s a half suit that kind of takes your safety and your security in terms of being close to airborne particles or viruses to the next level,” he said.
Production Club primarily focuses on stage design and various immersive technology innovations in music and gaming. But in the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, the company stepped up to the occasion by offering a solution to allow mass gatherings despite the treat of viral transmission.
“How can we bring events, how can we bring socialization back in? How can we help the industry not die? We said we still need to find a solution because people are still going out. People are still going to party and still skipping social distance measures,” Risueno said. The suit has an N95 breathing filter, and will accommodate snap-in canisters for vaping and drinking. “It’s another thing you don’t need to remove the helmet for,” says the suit’s designer.
The main plan is for concertgoers to rent the suit from the venue, with the venue given the responsibility to sanitize each suit after use.