6th February 2020 – (United States) According to designboom.com, AO air’s atmos faceware is the latest in climate change technology positioning a high-tech personal filter to remove pollutants from the air you breathe. It was unveiled at CES 2020, the wearable gadget wants to be a solution to bad air quality. The launch is timely as this could potentially be the alternative to the surgical masks which are in acute shortage worldwide.
The device is a clear mask that goes across the face, covering the mouth and nose. It has a system of fans and that adapt to the wearer’s breathing and cleans the air coming through the mask.
Air filtering masks are popular in other parts of the world, like India, the country with the world’s most polluted air. they are also commonplace in china where ‘courtesy masks’ — surgical masks worn to prevent their germs from infecting others — are considered a polite thing to wear if you’re sick. however, only certain types actually include exhaust valves with levels of filtration performance.
AO air claims up to 50 times better protection than its competitors, which it attributes to independent testing by the Auckland University of Technology. the mask cleans the air at about 240 liters per minute and its filters last about one month, depending on the environmental air quality. the batteries last about five hours, depending on lung capacity, physical activity, and air quality.
The mask will eventually retail for US$350 and comes with four extra filters. only a ‘limited number’ of the masks are currently available for presale during CES.