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bathsuit   (+9)  [vote for, against]
like a large wetsuit with a 2 inches of warm water inside.

An over-sized rubber suit with that covers from the toes to the neck, with two hoses attached.

Hose number 1 attaches to the a faucet, for warm water intake, and a second hose could be used to release water to the nearest drain.

One would quickly waddle to a comfortable place, switch on the valves allowing it to fill, and voila, a wearable bath that one could eat, sleep, or do computer based work in while relaxing and meeting basic heigine standards.

The weight of the suit would be substantial however, so it is recommend you only used it while seated, and the second hose attachment to drain the suit before attempting physical activities.


1) The suit is ideal showering alternative for people who have small leased apartments with no bathtubs, and no damage deposits.

2)the suit is contoured to your body, so it does not waste water the way tubs do.

3)The tub suit could allow you to do two things at once, which apparently we all love to do so much.
-- bob, Nov 18 2011

Steam space Launch Facility Steam_20Space_20Launch_20Facility
In the annos is a discussion about MAST trousers. [bungston, Nov 19 2011]

similar idea... Bathing_20Suit
[xandram, Nov 21 2011]

4) It would exert pressure on the skin slightly less than the body's internal hydrostatic pressure, and thus offer relief, and possibly treatment, for hernias, varicose veins, swellings, and other tendencies of the body to burst at the seams.
-- spidermother, Nov 18 2011

So, a G-suit without the inner lining ?

The exterior of the suit will need to be substantially reinforced, and joints (particualrly ankle, knee and hip) will be problematic. It will be like a space environment suit, but having to cope with higher internal pressures.

Built in low-voltage heating elements will probably be necessary to stop the water cooling too much.

It's probably practicable.

There are two issues.

1. What happens when you drop the soap ?

2. Flatulence.
-- 8th of 7, Nov 18 2011

//heating// Nah, just insulate. The equivalent of ordinary climate-suitable clothes would do. You're putting out 100 watts or more in there anyway.

You could wash on the way to work: "Whether travelling by train or trebuchet, you need the Gee Bath!"
-- spidermother, Nov 18 2011

Hmm. A triple-layer suit with compressed air at higer pressures in the lower parts of the outer layer might well deal nicely with the flexion problems; greater external pressure where needed. And air is a good insulator.
-- 8th of 7, Nov 18 2011

Totally practicable? that is the most flattering comment i have ever received.

But to answer your questions.. i don't know?
-- bob, Nov 19 2011

This is a great idea. I think, if it were sealed well at the neck, you could use this suit like an iron lung by changing the pressure of the water inside of it. Actually it would be better than an iron lung as you could have positive and negative pressure.

You could definitely use this to treat shock, like MAST trousers.

You could also use this for dialysis. You would need to pay attention to the fluid anyway, as soaking all day in pure water is going to make you wrinkly. It should be the same tonicity as blood. But urea and other waste can pass thru the skin and would, into the suit.

I feel like I have seen something similar to this on the HB before because I recall disagreeing with Ling and worrying that I was wrong (could that happen?). Let me look.
-- bungston, Nov 19 2011

I found it. It was in the annos of this steam space launch idea. I see now that I did not understand. The years have brought me wisdom, along with ear hair.

I see that I also misspelled separate.
-- bungston, Nov 19 2011

On thinking more about the bath suit and an iron lung, I do not think you could create negative pressure without a firm shell.
-- bungston, Nov 19 2011

-- pashute, Nov 19 2011

Redneck version:

Step 1: buy fly-fishing chest-waders 2 sizes too big.

Step 2: fill with soapy water.

Step 3: jump up and down.
-- Alterother, Nov 20 2011

I think I've seen this idea before. I can't find it though so (+).

On a completely unrelated note I learned that the wrinkly pruning of the fingers and toes is an evolutionary adaptation for gaining greater purchase in wet conditions and nothing to do with getting water-logged. Apparently there is a nerve which can be severed in the digit that will keep it from pruning up.

Thought I'd share.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Nov 21 2011

Any diver who has had a dry suit leak would probably claim that they beat you to it. When I first started diving I was afraid of cold, and I'd fill my wetsuit with hot water before diving.
-- normzone, Nov 21 2011

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