With an ongoing global pandemic that continues to see the number of cases growing on a daily basis, most people are avoiding close proximity to strangers on public transit and airplanes. But with no signs of a post-COVID world anywhere on the immediate horizon, a decent number of individuals are being forced to revert back to some normal aspects of life and work, and for some of us, that means returning to airline travel.
Recognizing this reality, American startup, MicroClimate set out to design a personal protective helmet system for use in tightly-packed public spaces, ultimately giving way to the “AIR” helmet. Resembling something out of the Alien (ITAL) cinematic universe, the AIR boasts a large half-ellipsoid acrylic visor and electronically-powered fan-backed HEPA air filters that kill airborne germs. The intake and exhaust ports also prevent the visor from fogging while a USB-C-rechargeable battery pack provides four-hours of battery life. Weighing just 2lbs, the AIR’s also compatible with wearing sunglasses or wireless earbuds, and is sold with a carrying case, microfibre cleaning cloth, and two different sized face cushions—both of which sport removable and washable liners. The AIR by MicroClimate Helmet is available now, with pricing set at $199.