Updated: Sep 27, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to stay withing our lives, not only in the U.S. but elsewhere on earth. Masks have become a must-wear item just like the underwear (optional for you?)
We’ve seen masks that are cheap.
Masks that are reusable and easy to sterilize.
even masks that let you drink.
LG has just announced the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, a new mask that solves one of the biggest problems in any mask, which is the ability to breathe effortlessly.
N95 mask from 3M is all depends on your manual labor
a molded piece of polymer
it relies on the power of your lungs to suck air in and out through its filter
promises “effortless” breathing
still protecting you from airborne virus particles
How does the PuriCare mask work?
Onboard sensors track the cadence and volume of your breath
These sensors control two fans, which speed up to suck air in through its small HEPA filters as you inhale, and slow down to get out of the way as you exhale.
With its rechargeable built-in battery, the mask can operate for up to eight hours of low-level breathing assistance or two hours of higher-level breathing assistance.
a UV-sterilizing carrying case
automatically cleans the mask between uses.
Connected to smartphone app (of course! it's from LG)
The app will let you know when it’s time to replace the mask filter
LG will be ready to sell you new ones.
Can HEPA filters work against COVID-19?
In terms of sheer filtering capacity, they are believed to be even better than an N95.
HEPA filters are used in some hospital-grade PPE, known as PAPRs (Powered Air Purifying Respirators).
PAPRs use motors to help drive air through a HEPA filter to the wearer. However, PAPRs generally require you to wear a big filter box on your belt, connected to a large tube that feeds into a helmet on your head.
LG has basically taken the whole idea of a PAPR and shrunk it into a face mask.
It's sad to see if the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas cannot showcase this item in real product debut, but rather being able to see in virtual scene. Cannot wait to see more detail of this fascinated product including its price.