Can Life in a Personal Bubble Protect You From the Horrors of the Outside World?

Obviously, wearing a small piece of fabric attached to your face has sparked such a heated debate in our society that companies are trying to find new and “innovative” solutions to protect your face. Author Celeste Ng discovered a real gem when she tweeted about these personal social distancing modules:

After some internet investigation, we discovered that the capsules are manufactured by Under the Weather and ordered the base model (ShieldPod) for $ 79.99) to test it.

We are no stranger to looking for new devices and methods to help distance ourselves from society, but these modules seem redundant. For nearly $ 100 after shipping and taxes, you can cover your entire upper body to serve the same purpose as simply putting on a mask. We also found the entire front panel to unfasten, which seemingly negates the entire purpose of the module. (On a closer look at the manufacturer’s website , then unfastening the front panel deliberately defeats the entire purpose of the pod.)

In taking the ShieldPod out into the world, we found it effective at keeping others socially distant, but mostly because you look crazy about it and they want to stay away from you. (Jordan discovered that people thought it was a Halloween costume, or perhaps an inverted laundry basket.)

So is it worth getting your own personal capsule or trying to hack a budget option? Watch the video above to find out.


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