This Bat-Inspired Shield Combats COVID-19

By Rakini Bergundy, March 5, 2020

0 0

In the 17th century, doctors in Europe wore creepy costumes paired with long bird-beaked masks to examine patients during the plague. The long beak was stuffed with dried flowers, herbs and spices in order to combat the believed culprit of the disease – ‘bad air.’ 

Image via Wikimedia

Fast forward four centuries later, as COVID-19 cases spread across the globe, Chinese architect Dayong Sun of design firm Penda has conceptualized a “wearable shield,” called ‘Be a Bat Man.’ According to Sun, he imagines that the shield can be mass deployed during an epidemic. The shield uses UV light to create a sterile environment for the wearer by heating the temperature which will ultimately kill any pathogens in the air. 

As the name suggests, the shield is inspired by bats. Although bats are important pollinators in the ecosystem and also eat pesky mosquitoes, the creatures have been linked to deadly diseases such as SARS, MERS and COVID-19. Bats are known to carry multiple pathogens, but scientists believe the nocturnal mammals’ adaptation for flight negate them from becoming sick themselves. IFL Science explains that when bats fly, their internal temperature jumps up to 40 degrees Celsius, which becomes too hot for viruses to survive. 

Image via Deezen

Sun’s shield system is intended to be worn like a backpack and features a lightweight carbon fiber shield, similar to a bat’s wings. The shield ultimately acts like a “wearable building” – in architectural philosophy the building is the third skin, the first being a person’s skin and the second being clothing. 

Be a Bat Man is currently only a concept, but Sun is open to collaborating with investors, and even offering his design services free of charge in order to turn the project into reality. However, Dayong notes, “We still need to do a lot of work with engineers for the real production.” 

[Cover image via Deezen]

more news

Chinese Woman Spends RMB50,000 on Telepathy Classes, Gets Buyer's Remorse

A woman in Anhui province was dismayed to discover the telepathy training company was fraudulent.

You May Hear Sirens In These Chinese Cities This Saturday

Saturday, September 18 marks China’s annual National Defense Education Day.

US Open Winner Emma Raducanu Wins Fans Over with Her Chinese

Emma Raducanu has been the talk of the internet after the China-born tennis player won the US Open.

Chinese Couple Detained for Making Over 800 Fake Moutai Bottles

A couple have been detained and 800 bottles of fake Moutai were seized by police in Wuhan.

Dylan Sprouse is Starring in an Upcoming Chinese Drama?

Sprouse costars in the upcoming movie ‘The Curse of Turandot’ and apparently spent six months learning Chinese for the role.

Rare Chinese White Dolphins Spotted in Guangdong

A pod of white dolphins was seen frolicking in the coastal waters of Guangdong province.

Young Chinese People Respond to Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

On Weibo, Afghanistan-related hashtags have climbed to the top of the trending list in recent days

Top Chinese Internet Censor to Face Trial for Corruption

An investigation found Peng "lost his faith and was disloyal to the party."

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives