A few years back, my older brother Rick Pescovitz invented the "Under the Weather Pod," a single-person pop-up shelter to sit inside. It's designed for spectator sports, fishing, and other outdoor events where it's raining but you are either obligated to watch or having so much fun you don't want to leave. Most recently, he came up with the WalkingPod, a wearable version of the tent. Yes, it looks ridiculous, but it's actually now being used by delivery people, police officers, and various other folks who have to move around in the rain. The Washington Post has a feature about the popularity of "pod" products, from laundry detergent pods to AirPods to whisky pods to, yes, my brother's WalkingPod. From the Washington Post:
"When I think of a pod, I think of personal space," said Rick Pescovitz, the CEO of Under the Weather, the sporting-goods company responsible for this particular pod. "With outdoor and even indoor living, younger people want to have a smaller footprint and help the environment."
Pescovitz admits the WalkingPod is "almost a joke-type item." But he also says it's great for sanitation workers, street vendors, ticket-takers, sports spectators, security guards, people who work on oil tankers. . . . And his company sells other pods, too — such as the StadiumPod, which is designed for bleacher-sitters.
More at Under The Weather Pods.