Just when we were assimilating to having a piece of fabric constantly stuck to the lower half of our faces, South Korean electronic brand LG decided it could do better. Filtered air? Cool, but how about purified air? Introducing the company's first wearable air purifier. It doesn't look as cool as what Lady Gaga wore to VMAs, but it is intriguing.
We can't tell you how it feels when worn just yet, but its design is based on extensive facial shape analysis to fit on the face with minimised air leakage. The Wearable Air Purifier is part of the PuriCare™ range, so it uses two H13 HEPA Filters, similar to the ones used in LG's home air purifier products. Its Respiratory Sensor is able to detect the volume and cycle of the wearer's breath to regulate its dual fans, which speed up to assist air intake or slow down to reduce resistance when exhaling.
Breathing never sounded more …effortless?
The futuristic mask is also equipped with UV-LED lights that kill germs, and comes in a case that charges the mask. The unit runs on a 820mAh battery, which offers up to eight hours of operation in low mode or two hours on high. You can also sync it to the LG ThinQ mobile app so it sends notifications when filters need to be replaced.
What's most impressive, though, is the fact that every single component—from filters down to the ear straps—is recyclable. In case you're wondering how its technological edge over the conventional cloth mask fares on the environmentally responsible scale. Will it be the mask of the future? Only time will tell.
LG PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier will be available from September in select markets. More information can be found on the IFA 2020 virtual exhibition this month.