This is the iSphere, an astronaut-like helmet designed by Berlin-based art collective, Plastique Fantastique. It’s made out of two cosmic-like transparent hollow hemispheres that are joined together and cut to create an opening for the user’s head. Specially made for the COVID-19 pandemic, the iSphere is meant to avoid transmission.
Hell-bent on bringing some well-needed comic relief to a rather serious situation, Plastique Fantastique founders, Marco Canevacci and Yena Young drew inspiration from the science fiction comics of the 1950s. The zany duo also drew from the eerie visuals from the “utopian movements” of the 1960s.
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This open-sourced project is customizable and can include a microphone/headset, a sunshade, a ventilator, or a snorkel. The studio notes that COVID-19 “is changing our relation to each other and affecting our perception of reality. In this time of lockdown, we wonder about the mutation of our social life and the effects of the deprivation of physical touch.”