With governments mandating the wearing of face masks left right and centre, and social distancing plastic pods popping up everywhere, it isn’t too much of a jump to image a future where we are all forced to walk around in our own bubbles, literally.
Indeed, companies are already rushing to develop exactly that, with one already having received fifty thousand pre-orders for a portable head pod:
— Larry Kim (@larrykim) April 28, 2020
The bubble, known as the ‘BioVYZR’, is being developed by VYZR technologies, a company that designs protective equipment.
Toronto-based Protective Personal Equipment firm VYZR Technologies is taking COVID-19 protection to the next level with its new BioVYZR anti-fog face shield. Find out more: https://t.co/Cn2IMugVuj
Photo: VYZR Technologies pic.twitter.com/vkqK0Xc0Lf
— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) June 12, 2020
The hazmat-style bubble is made from neoprene, marine vinyl, and ripstop, and has a battery powered N-95 respirator and an anti-fogging viewing window.
The BioVYZR is a personal air-purifying shield designed to get you out back into the world
— VYZR Tech. (@VyzrTech) June 1, 2020
VYZR is charging $350 a pop for the head pod, with Bloomberg noting that it has received $400,000 already from eager customers wanting to encase their faces in plastic.
Yezin Al-Qaysi, the co-founder of VYZR technologies, commented “When the [Covid-19] outbreak happened, we realized that in a perfect world, everyone would have access to a Powered Air Purifying Respirator.”
“We’ve taken a product usually limited to health care and industrial settings that’s typically priced around $1,800 and adapted it to be accessible to the public,” Al-Qaysi added.
So here we are, literally at the movie Bubble Boy:
I like the Jake Gyllenhaal Bubble boy gifs… Instead of John just walking out of his bubble room, Jake builds his own portable one. pic.twitter.com/5q9I8mMBJO
— Mark (@bbbtmenw) March 16, 2020
Or, the cone of silence from Get Smart:
There it is pic.twitter.com/xLmkAsaTKQ
— pj bali (@pj_bali) June 3, 2020
It is the best way to degrade your immune system to the point it will never be able to beat new germs.
Nowadays everything seems to be a “war on”, its a freaking virus, we won’t beat it, we will learn to coexist
— Kasper (@kasperboers) April 29, 2020
But more importantly…
with bluetooth connectivity to your phone, would be near perfect.
— ethtan (@ethtan) April 29, 2020