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In the run-up to the present year's IFA tradeshow in Berlin, which is about to run Sept 3-5, LG has announced that it'll be presenting a wearable smart mask that filters pollution and should also eliminate germs and viruses.
LG unveiled its new PuriCare™ Wearable Air Purifier on Thursday, essentially putting one among LG’s home air purifiers on your face. The device seems like something George Jetson might wear if he got stuck within the bad timeline — with climate change-fuelled wildfires, militarised police tear-gassing peaceful protesters, and a worldwide pandemic of respiratory disease.
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Frankly, the foremost surprising thing about the PuriCare is that more tech companies haven’t launched an identical product in recent months. LG is showing it off as a part of the upcoming IFA news conference in Berlin — though the corporate is choosing a virtual presence at this year’s show.
The air-purifying mask is provided with two H13 HEPA filters, similar in nature to the type the company’s home air purifier products. Filters may be removed and replaced as required, in fact, when this is often the case, the mask sends a notification on to the wearer's smartphone via the LG ThinQ mobile application.
With the new mask, LG claims that its customers are going to be comfortably ready to breathe air that's clean and healthy for a period of up to eight hours alongside filters, the device is provided with ultraviolet LEDs to kill germs, and it's also ready to suits the quantity of air inhaled and exhaled by the user, with twin fans that speed up and hamper to facilitate easy breathing. For added convenience, the mask's integrated battery also can be recharged directly within the special case which will ship with the device.
With reference to its environmental impact, LG is keen to mean that each one of the components within the PuriCare Wearable, from the filters to the scarf, can easily get replaced and are fully recyclable.
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Also worth asking is what happens when the battery runs down. The mask is capable of running eight hours on “low” and two hours on “high,” courtesy of an onboard 820mAh battery, consistent with figures from LG. but stuff happens, sometimes you’re out longer than expected, or even you only forgot to charge it fully before leaving the house.
“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, the president of LG Electronics household appliance & Air Solution Company. “At a time when consumers are seeking ways to form life safer and more convenient, it’s important that we’re ready to offer solutions that add measurable value.”
The company seemingly goes out of its way to not mention COVID-19. After all, specific health claims are often subject to different regulations. It’s true, of course, that masks have, at various points, been briefly supply during the pandemic and certain that was the case when LG really started pushing the thought in earnest.
That said, it’s also worth noting that even professionally made masks offer a reasonably wide selection of efficacy against the virus’s transmission. There are many questions here. For starters, the filter and therefore the question of how effective it'd potentially be for both the wearer and the people around them. The latter, after all, is that the real argument for wearing masks — to guard the people around.
LG’s response to the COVID-19 question defers to potential future approval; “We’re waiting until further testing is complete before we’re ready to share full details.” Hopefully, we’ll get some more concrete answers.
At this point in time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t recommend face masks or covers with exhalation vents or valves in social settings, so it's unclear whether LG’s mask will make the cut.
“The purpose of masks is to stay respiratory droplets from reaching others to assist with source control. However, masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole within the material, which may end in expelled respiratory droplets which will reach others,” the CDC’s Considerations for Wearing Masks webpage says, which was last updated on Aug. 7. “This sort of mask doesn't prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others.”
As it stands, no availability or pricing information has been announced for the new mask, which is predicted to travel on sale in late 2020.