I could have sworn I saw the guy pictured here at a Flaming Lips concert a few years back, but apparently that is impossible, since the so-called Micrashell suit was invented just a couple of months ago. Production Club, an LA-based studio that designs immersive experiences for the music, tech, and gaming industries, came up with the concept of all-encompassing PPE for those itching to go to concerts, raves, and other live events — trade shows anyone? — without running the risk of contracting the virus.
Most of the suit is made from ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene fabric and lightweight film composite, according to the company's website. Features include an air-filtration system, privacy-driven communication that lets you determine who or what can be heard, and internal speakers that can be programmed for direct streaming of the DJ or band or as an “emulation” of the room’s sound. Canisters allow users to vape and drink safely without disrobing, and the “top-only” suit design allows the user “to wear normal clothes, use the toilet and engage in intercourse without being exposed to respiratory risks.” Pandemic, shmandemik — sex and drugs and rock ’n’ roll (or whatever musical genre floats your boat) is alive and well.
It’s not clear when this suit will be commercially available, and if that ever happens, the cost may be prohibitive for most individuals. The likely business model, according to Production Club, is for venues and promoters to own the suits and rent them to event goers on a per-show basis, after they have been properly sterilized, of course.
Image courtesy Production Club