Pandemic wearables catching up with technology: Smart mask concept showcased at CES 2021

Along with gadgets and appliances, CES 2021 saw the showcasing of a new smart mask concept that is meant to protect us from the ongoing pandemic as well as pollution. Growing impurity in the air due to pollution is increasing each year and the need for “smart”, is not just needed in our mobiles, laptops, and other devices but also in our masks. 

LG’s wearable air purifier

LG has been working on a wearable air purifier named ‘PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier’ that will come with two H13 HEPA filters. These two filters will help protect the respiratory system by capturing 99.95 % of allergens, bacteria, and viruses. 

The mask is made up of medical-grade silicone, the same material that is used for oxygen respirators at hospitals.

The smart mask will also come with a rechargeable battery and users will be able to wear it for hours on end. The smart mask will be fully charged in only two hours and can be used for 8 hours straight. It will also consist of dual fans that will adjust to the user’s breathing as well as adjust the dual three-speed fans accordingly. There will also be a respiratory sensor that will detect the cycle and volume of the wearer’s breath. These features of the smart mask will make breathing with a mask easier. 

Dan Hayes, who oversees emerging products at LG, USA has said, ”It’s definitely protection for the wearer and, to some extent, to the people around you”.

The smart mask or the wearable Air purifier has an ergonomic design that is made to fit the user’s face perfectly to minimize air leakage around the nose and the chin as much as possible. 

Razer’s Project Hazel

Project Hazel, which is a ‘smart mask’ concept, was showcased at the CES 2021 by Razer. Razer Inc. is a Singaporean and American technology company, that designs, sells, and develops consumer electronics along with gaming hardware.

The smart masks, if they turn into reality will come in two basic colors, black and white. The smart mask will be made of plastic and will appear to be transparent. 

The smart masks will incorporate the N95 medical-grade respirator protection. The ventilators in the mask can also be taken out. There will be a charging box, where the users can clean and recharge their ventilators with the UV light sanitization.

Wearing normal masks most of the time affects how we hear and talk, however, Razer’s Project Hazel will come with an amplifier and also a microphone which will help to hear perfectly. The exterior of the smart mask will come with two ‘lighting zones’ that will have numerous color options and many lighting effects. The interior of the mask will be made in such a way that it will light up in the dark. 

This project is only a concept and has not been developed into a product as of yet. It is releasing the concept only to see the reactions of people and how they think about it. The company might go forward with the concept idea or just drop the idea altogether.

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