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    Its appearance seems to have been inspired by Robocop, a nun’s wimple and a bulletproof vest. It’s not for her, confesses Linza de Jager

    The BioVYZR. Photos: VYZR Technologies

    It’s not one’s typical idea of fashion, but what the heck. Times are tough and the BioVYZR protective shield seems to be packing a lot of punch, and so, perhaps one can think of investing in it.

    More Star Wars than Coco Chanel
    Be warned: the protective shield will be unlike any of your other garments. It consists of what is described as an “air-filtration protective shield” that covers the face. This is in turn attached to what looks at first glance like a bulletproof vest. A battery-driven fan is affixed to the back. Its appearance seems to have been inspired by Robocop, a nun’s wimple and a bulletproof vest. It’s not for me, I confess.

    Thanks to the pandemic the BioVYZR has met with enthusiastic response. It is currently in production thanks to donations of more than R6 million. Yes, six million rands. Put that in your old-fashioned pipe and smoke it.

    People have been peppering the manufacturers with questions, such as whether it’s safe to wear it when flying. The production team says it is safe indeed. “The air filtration unit has a curved face plate so that even when it is pressed against the seat, air can still come in. Second, on the inside of the visor, we added a cushion so that the plastic from the Air Filtration Unit does not hit the back of the head.”

    I could, perhaps, look like this.

    Wonderful product but I’ll pass it
    The BioVYZR seems to be the thing that will be able to carry one through most catastrophes. It’s a bit dear thanks to the exchange rate. South Africans will have to cough up (no pun intended there) R4,355 for the garment and a 10-pack of N95 filter refills. As far as I am concerned I will give it a miss and hope for the best. Reason being that I am old-school at heart and have a lingering fondness for a more traditional style of dress. For the rest of you, here are the rather spectacular specs I’ve decided to give a miss.

    Key features
    – Anti-Fogging Face Shield – High Optical Clarity and Wide Angle View
    – Fan lasts 8 hours on a singly charge – Includes 10 N95 Filter Refills
    – One size fits most (adults) and kids size
    – Two adjustable side straps with buckles
    – D-Ring for hand sanitizer
    – Lightweight and Durable
    – Easy to wear and remove
    – Compact and Packable
    – Innovative Canadian Design SPECS:
    – Materials: Neoprene, Marine Vinyl, Ripstop
    – Weatherproofing: Sealed seams
    – Weight: 1250 g (with battery pack).
    It is only available in black at the moment.


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