The R2D DeBreather In April 2021, the R2D DeBreather device again started to ship, after a period where its supply (out of China) was seriously interrupted by the emergence of COVID-19.
Anecdotal evidence shows that while, initially, there was a ‘yuk’ factor associated with the aesthetics of the R2D DeBreather, the look and process of this device is suddenly much more acceptable. This is perhaps due to a growing public acceptance of the use of face masks. Once shunned, wearing a mask on one’s face is suddenly common place.
The problem of poorly-fitting and leaking face masks has been a major issue in the design of the DeBreather (as detailed in the Chapter on DeBreather). With the availability of alternative CPAP and BiPAP masks (which are designed to remain in position during sleep) further modifications and improvements to the R2D DeBreather may be in the pipeline.
The Sarco COVID-19 has had a major impact on the Sarco project. After a successful six month display at Venice Design in 2019, in February 2020, Sarco moved to Cube Design Museum in the Netherlands. After only two weeks on display, however, the exhibition was suspended due to COVID. The (Re)Design Death exhibition would open/shut for the best part of 2020 and into 2021, closing for good in February 2021.
While Sarco had initially been scheduled for use in Switzerland in the Spring of 2020, European travel restrictions (due to COVID) meant that this timeline had be abandoned. With vaccines now starting to be widely available (enabling travel), and the legal assessment of Sarco by Swiss lawyers now complete, it is expected that Sarco will now be used in 2021.