Coronavirus – Clubbing will most probably be the last activity we expect to enjoy as countries are slowly starting to lift lockdown regulation across the globe. In the meantime, Los Angeles and Spain-based a multidisciplinary creative studio Production Club has has designed the Micrashell Suits, personal protective concept-equipments recalling Tron and Daft Punk sci-fi style which allow human-to-human interaction in clubs, parties and raves.
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Micrashell suits are a virus-shielded, easy to control, fun to wear, disinfectable and fast to deploy in order to allow socializing without distancing. Offering relief for music and nightlife industries, dependent on social interaction in close proximity.
“With everyone in our industry focused on developing virtual solutions we decided to focus on something more emotional, physical and inherently human.” Says Production Club‘s Head of Inventions Miguel Risueño, a.k.a. Mike808. “The team behind the design comes from a very multidisciplinary background, from robotics, to fashion to vfx. We worked in 12h shifts between Spain and LA until the design was done.”
HIGH PERFORMATIVE – Air-tight top suit and helmet are made of tactical high-performance and cut-resistant fabric, developed for durability, endurance and easy disinfecting procedures. 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 US standard guidelines. Other international standards may be followed.
NO KISSING BUT… Top-half design doesn’t allow kissing but the user can easily slip on and use the restroom and even engage in sexual intercourse without having to take off the suit.
CLEAR VIEW AND SOUND EXPERIENCE – The entire helmet is clear to allow for unobscured views of users’ facial expressions to maximize emotional connection. An adjustable wireless voice communication system is based on physical proximity and orientation, and user-defined rules for social interaction, such as privacy settings.
An integrated, controllable internal speaker system allows users to listen to live music directly streamed from the DJ/band, as an emulation of the room’s sound based on Psychoacoustics and as a passthrough from the room thanks to the suit’s embedded microphones.
MOBILE AND MOOD FRIENDLY – The suit comes also with a custom pocket for the user’s smartphone (data and power), which allows the user to control the suit seamlessly. The ‘Pan + Tilt’ camera system with RGB LED monitoring can connects with a mobile phone to take snaps and videos, can allow users to see in realtime what the suit or helmet subsystems might be occluding; the Micrashell Suits feature also a proactive computer vision safety recording based on AI analysis of external agents.
The garment contain several groups of RGBW lights that can be customized to serve as indicators of the user’s mood, needs, warnings, messages, desires and more.
DRINKING, VAPING AND BEING FASHIONABLE – Users will be able to safely consume drinks and vape via specially designed loading chambers underneath the helmet. Strap system allowing expandable garment to fit people of different sizes as well as allow for add-ons and fashion customization.
Production Club has an expertise in designing and producing immersive experiences for the music, tech, and gaming industries, producing art installations and events for Skrillex, Grimes, Zedd and more.
All images: courtesy of Production Club.