New Personal Protective Suit Offers a Solution for the Music and Nightlife Industries and the Future of Human Interaction
Suit Allows for People to Safely Gather (and Party) in Times of Pandemic
Unique Features 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
LOS ANGELES, CA— APRIL2020 — Production Club—a multidisciplinary creative studio headquartered in Los Angeles and Spain—is excited to announce the Micrashell, a personal protective equipment design concept that allows for human-to-human interaction in group settings.
Specialising in designing and producing immersive experiences for the music, tech, and gaming industries, Production Club makes its debut in product design with the Micrashell (patent pending).
Taking a holistic approach to experience-building, Production Club holds a diverse portfolio of projects that fuse artistic design with emerging technologies, conceptualising and producing art installations and events for Skrillex, Grimes, Zedd, The Chainsmokers, Amazon, YouTube, Intel, Riot Games, Epic Games, and the Video Game Awards, among others.
In light of the novel coronavirus’s devastating impact on the music, hospitality, live event and nightlife communities, Production Club has extended its creative resources to design personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be employed to bring people together and revitalise 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.
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.