Topic: Inventors design high-tech helmets for Covid protection
The hazmat (hazardous materials) helmet completely encloses his head and upper torso, and has a visor that extends all the way down to his chest.
On the back is a battery-powered fan and filter respirator system that purifies air that is sucked in, and pushes “stale” air out.
Looking like a dystopian figure straight out of an apocalyptic movie, the 32-year-old unsurprisingly gets some strong reactions.
“Somebody screamed: ‘Where did you get that!’ and many people approach me out of curiosity,” he says.
“Others are amazed.. They certainly don’t laugh, but even if they do, I cannot see their mouths because everyone is wearing masks.”
Mr Al-Qaysi is one of a number of designers and entrepreneurs around the world who have rushed to release hazmat, or PAPR (powered air purifying respirator), helmets this year, aimed at people looking for more protection against coronavirus than just wearing a face mask.
His is called the BioVYZR, and the battery is said to last for up to 12 hours. The Canadian says that his business – VZYR Technologies – now has sales in the “tens of thousands” mark.
US Navy veteran Chris Ehlinger, is another hazmat helmet creator.
“These helmets in a sense psychologically prepare us for the future destiny of our species,” says the 35-year-old.
His company, Valhalla Medical Design, based in Austin, Texas, has launched a product called NE-1, which looks similar to a motorcycle helmet. In addition to a powered air filtration system, it has internal and external microphones and speakers, so that the wearer can more easily speak to people around him or her.
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