Wearable biospheres

These futuristic 3D printed suits, made to be packed with bacteria and algae, could provide the critical elements necessary to sustain life on alien worlds.

MIT professor Neri Oxman, collaborated with German designers Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb to create the designs.

Named after the the goddess Luna (Arabic: Qamar), the most luminous object in the sky after the sun and inspired by the Moon’s surface texture, this design functions as a wearable pneumatic surface for generating and storing oxygen.

The texture contains spatial spherical pockets for algae-based air-purification and biofuel collection.

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Traveling to destinations beyond planet Earth involves voyages to hostile landscapes and deadly environments. Crushing gravity, amonious air, prolonged darkness, and temperatures that would boil glass or freeze carbon dioxide, all but eliminate the likelihood of human visitation. Wanderers explores the possibility of voyaging to the worlds beyond by visiting the worlds within. 3D printed wearable capillaries designed for interplanetary pilgrims are infused with synthetically engineered microorganisms to make the hostile habitable and the deadly alive. Each design is a codex of the animate and inanimate with an origin and a destination: the origin being engineered organisms, which multiply to create the wearable within a 3D printed skins; and the destination being a unique planet in the solar system.

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via inhabitat

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