In a new, LG has announced its one-of-a-kind, PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier or the Air-purifying mask today. These masks will be rather similar to the company’s range of Air purifiers with the slight exception of being worn on the face like a mask.
The masks will be powered by batteries and come bearing sensors with the ability to detect when you’re inhaling or exhaling; hence, adjusting the speed of the same.
The announcement didn’t mention the production of masks as a response to the widespread COVID-19 outbreak but it is almost apparent that the device derived its inspiration from it. While LG has refused to claim whether or not the mask ensures safety against the virus, the company did inform that the mask seeks to aid the medical staff when they face difficulty in breathing while wearing one for hours on end. It further aims to replace the disposable masks which are short on supply and are not environment friendly.
However, it is important to note that the USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recently informed that masks with valves or vents should be avoided as they don’t filter expelled respiratory droplets hence, increasing the chances of infection.
Although no exact date of release has been announced yet, the masks are likely to be available in the fourth quarter of 2020.