LG to Launch a New Smart Face Mask that May Filter Viruses and Air Pollution
Additional reporting by Andrea Saadan
In the run-up to this year's IFA tradeshow in Berlin, which is set to run September 3 to 5, LG has announced that it will be presenting a wearable smart mask that filters air pollution and may also eliminate germs and viruses.
The air-purifying mask is equipped with two H13 HEPA filters, which can be removed and replaced as needed. In fact, when this is the case, the mask sends a notification directly to the wearer's smartphone via the LG ThinQ mobile application.
“The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier is an exciting addition to our growing lineup of products designed to deliver meaningful health and hygiene benefits,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company, in a press statement.
“At a time when consumers are seeking ways to make life safer and more convenient, it’s important that we’re able to offer solutions that add measurable value.”
Ergonomically designed based on extensive facial shape analysis, LG PuriCare Wearable fits snugly on the user’s face to minimise air leakage around the nose and chin.
With the new mask, LG claims that its customers will be comfortably able to breathe air that is clean and healthy for a period of up to eight hours.
Along with filters, the device is equipped with ultraviolet LEDs to kill germs, and it is also able to adjust to the volume of air inhaled and exhaled by the user, with twin fans that speed up and slow down to facilitate easy breathing.
For added convenience, the mask's integrated battery can also be recharged directly in the special case that will ship with the device.
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With regard to its environmental impact, LG is keen to point out that all of the components in the PuriCare Wearable, from the filters to the headband, can easily be replaced and are fully recyclable.
As it stands, no availability or pricing information has been announced for the new mask, which is expected to go on sale in late 2020.
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