YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger, who runs the channel Unbox Therapy, just got his hands on a particularly apocalyptic take on the future: a BioVYZR "personal air-purifying shield."
The device, essentially a $379 helmet-backpack-contraption, claims to filter out nasty coronavirus particles using filters on its vents. An electric fan circulates air to make sure the "shield" won't fog up immediately.
As Hilsenteger discovers in the video, BioVYZR even included small gloves lining both sides of the helmet, allowing you to scratch your own face or take out your headphones without taking the contraption off — or bringing contaminants in.
Still, the device doesn't look comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. "It does feel a little bit humid," Hilsenteger noted. Level three on the fan controller also emitted a clearly audible humming noise that's bound to get irritating after a while.
"This is obviously a very extreme version of protection that is not going to be for everyone, but maybe it's some kind of glimpse into the future way in which humans will protect themselves," Hilsenteger added.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have yet to comment on such contraptions, but the concept isn't wholly farfetched. Powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) have long been used in hospitals to allow healthcare workers at hospitals to protect themselves.
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