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PPE suit for partying during coronavirus lets you drink and vape

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  • Designers created a concept for nightlife-enabling PPE, inspired by hazmat suits.
  • Air is filtered using N95 filters, and the battery-powered suit is controlled by a smart phone.
  • For a real party experience, the suit even allows the wearer to drink or vape. 
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Partying might look different in a post-coronavirus world. Designers at Production Club created Micrashell, a full body suit that “allows you to safely socialize in times of a pandemic.”

In introducing the Micrashell, Production Club references the value of social distancing for slowing the spread of COVID-19, but notes the potential economic and mental tolls of prolonged isolation. The studio calls it a “socially responsible solution” to letting people be together without distancing, especially to recreate nightlife and entertainment, like concerts and nightclubs.

Production Club, headquartered in Los Angeles and Spain, said in a statement that the team worked in 12 hour shifts between the two time zones to create the prototype. Others in the industry are mostly focusing on solutions for virtual events, while the Micrashell reimagines a way to gather in person. So far the suit is just a concept and is not for sale, but it might be in the future.

“Our primary thought is that it will be sold to businesses rather than individuals,” Production Club told Business Insider. “Our initial idea has been to have promoters, venues, and entertainment groups help subsidize the cost to allow events to operate at a higher capacity and in a safe fashion. That said, we’re not closing any doors since we’re still in the early stages and I do believe that there will be some kind of purchase route available as well for music enthusiasts.”

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