In this time of lockdown, we wonder about the mutation of our social life and the effects of the deprivation of physical touch. In response of that, Berlin-based collective Plastique Fantastique has created iSphere, a transparent spherical PPE influenced by the science fiction comics of the 50s and the creations of the utopian movements of the 60s.
“The Coronavirus is changing our relation to each other and affecting our perception of reality,” explains the collective. “This virus is very democratic: it spreads over the borders, has no preference for gender, social, cultural, or economic status.”
The iSphere is an open-source project that everybody can produce, develop, and improve, in order to protect oneself against the coronavirus. The design team taped 2 transparent hollow hemispheres together and cut a hole for the head.
Additional gadgets can give a unique touch to any iSphere: it can have a sunshade, a mirrored layer, an integrated microphone, a speaker, or a snorkel. The iSphere is a funny and serious object that stimulates how to approach this exceptional situation.