In response to the current shortage of effective Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) available to the public, brother and sister Dina and Yezin Al-Qaysi (of VYZR Technologies) created BioVYZR, a consumer-grade Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR). It might look like something from a sci-fi film, but this futuristic, wearable device could provide a solution to social distancing, without the social distancing.
Designed to be worn over any outfit, the bubble-shaped BioVYZR features a protective outer layer that shields you from airborne pathogens, allergens, and pollutants, while filtering the air you breathe. “A battery-powered motor fan pushes air into the BioVYZR, creating positive pressure inside the BioVYZR's hood,” explain Dina and Yezin on their Indiegogo campaign. “This positive pressure pushes out exhaled air from inside through two filtering air vents.” Inflowing air passes through an integrated N95 filter which removes up to 95% of particulate matter, including aerosol-transmitted pathogens, mist droplets, pollen, dust, soot, and pet dander.
Made with neoprene, marine vinyl, and ripstop, the BioVYZR is completely weatherproofed and weighs just 1.25 kg (about 2.75 lbs), including the battery pack. Dina and Yezin hope this wearable design will help people to resume a normal life, post-COVID-19 lockdowns. “Getting our economy moving again requires all of us to adapt to a new normal,” the designers say. “We must protect ourselves better, adopt new hygiene practices and make decisions that protect the vulnerable.” For every BioVYZR sold, Dina and Yezin will donate one more to front-line healthcare workers in hospitals. So far, the business-savvy duo have reached over 1,500% of their crowdfunding goal, which means they can now start production.
Find out more about BioVYZR on Indiegogo, where you can also support the worthy campaign.