LG Has Created A Fask Mask That Doubles As A Battery-Powered Air Purifier
Prior to 2020, talk of face masks would largely revolve around skincare products designed to draw out impurities and inject some moisture into that weathered skin of yours. But in a world that’s since been rocked by the global pandemic – the likes of which we’ve never seen or experienced before – the mind goes directly to the form of protective clothing one wears over the nose and mouth to avoid catching and/or spreading the coronavirus. Naturally, as the face mask became a mandatory part of the uniform of someone wishing to leave the house across many countries, it was only a matter of time before designers and fashion labels began profiting, creating all manner of masks from those designed specifically for sport to those that are stylish enough to wear to an office meeting. But in a rather fascinating development, LG has done what few other brands could: create a portable air purifier you can now wear on your face like a mask.
Known as the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, the mask uses a pair of replaceable filters that are similar to what the company offers when it comes to purifiers designed for the home. By pairing them with battery-powered fans, the mask not only serves as a protective layer to be worn in the outside world, but even helps you breathe. According to LG, the device even has sensors to detect when you’re breathing in or out, which allows the device to adjust the fans’ speeds accordingly.
Ahead of the IFA 2020, LG’s announcement of the wearable purifier mask didn’t mention Covid-19, but it’s hard not to see the pandemic as the impetus behind such a device. Particularly when you consider that prior to all of this, such a device would have flown under the radar whereas now there’s increasing demand for something just like it. On the company website, LG explains that the air purifier has been designed to replace the “inconsistent” homemade masks worn by some people, as well as the disposable masks that have been in short supply.
Given that the mask requires motorised fans, it needs to be powered before use. The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier has an 820mAh battery that provides up to eight hours of use in its low-power mode, while it offers just two hours in high-power mode. Not exactly great news for those that have a long commute to the office.
Currently, it’s unclear when the mask will be released worldwide or how much the retail price will be, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information on the high-tech device unfolds.