The COVID-19 pandemic led to the emergence of face masks as a vital wearable. Even if the pandemic ends, the habit of wearing masks shall remain as they not only protect us from the virus but also dust, pollutants, and allergens. This belief has encouraged companies and individuals to think out of the box and come up with innovative ideas that can be integrated with masks. The following are the seven digital masks that are expected to find a place in the market soon.
1) LG PuriCare Wearable air purifier
In the PuriCare Wearable, LG has used the latest technology in air purification to produce high-performance replaceable filters to supply fresh air with a UV-enabled case for sanitation. It has Dual Fans and a Respiratory Sensor to allows the users to breathe in clean, purified air. The Respiratory Sensor identifies the cycle and amount of the inhaled air to regulate the dual three-speed fans subsequently. LG PuriCare is ergonomically designed after extensive facial shape study to minimize the air leakage near the nose and chin.
Vitalmask is a Biometric Monitoring Mask made by Vita Innovations. The mask is made of 3D-printed resin with sensors near the earlobes position, nose, and mouth to observe and send in real-time information about the body temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and respiratory rate. According to the company. The mask shall not only assist the medical personnel in prioritising their patients but also provide a reusable option to ordinary masks.
3) Light-up face mask
A light-up mask is a homemade mask that responds to the sound waves of the speech. The concept came into the limelight when Tyler Glaiel, the maker of the mask gave an interview to BBC. Tyler said that he used Arduino Nano along with an LED array to create a light pattern that imitates the movement of the mouth while speaking.
C-FACE is a language translation mask developed by Donut Robotics. The mask is perceived as an innovative way to recently reduce the gap among people introduced by the pandemic. The mask is capable of translating Japanese into eight other languages. It employs a Bluetooth connected smart device to translate spoken word into text on the smartphone. Donut Robotics expects to ship the initial order of 5,000 C-FACE masks within Japan and shall extend the manufacturing to other countries soon.
The AirWaves mask is one of eight winning wearable technology concepts introduced in China. The mask not only filters the air ut also monitors the quality in real-time and shares the data with other wearers. This technology used is the particle sensor inside the mask that is responsible for measuring the air quality while the data sharing occurs via Bluetooth. The mask works along with an application that creates a map displaying the polluted areas of the city.
6) Razer’s Smart Mask
Razer designed its smart mask under Project Hazel to help increase the convenience of daily wear while winning ordinary social interaction difficulties. The design of the mask enhances the N95 respirator protection using detachable ventilators fitted with and Smart Pods for regulating the airflow for optimal breathability. The mask has a transparent design for keeping the mouth portion visible, thereby, improving the social interaction. The interior portion has automatically activated lights allowing the wearers to express themselves.
7) BioVYZR: Personal Air-Purifying Shield
Biovyzr is a functional mask that shields your face and provides filtered air. It works on a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) that is usually used in industrial and healthcare environments. The mask carries a battery-powered motor fan for expelling the air through the back filter while maintaining optimum pressure inside the BioVYZR’s hood. The incoming air goes through two N95 filters to remove up to 95% of particulate matter including airborne pathogens, dust, soot, and pollen.
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