As the world continues to battle the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Korean multinational electronics company, LG, has invented a battery-powered filtered face mask designed to reduce problems associated with conventional designs, such as breathing difficulties and fogged-up glasses.
LG Electronics’ (066570.KS) PuriCare Wearable, which comes in one size and weighs as much as a pair of ski goggles. It also features two fans and high-efficiency particle air filters that clean air coming in and exhaled breath going out.
Manufacturers have turned their attention to making such gear more comfortable without compromising safety as authorities increasingly urge the public use of face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Members of the public waering masks have been faced with breathing difficulties and fogged-up glasses as the warm breath escapes from the top of the mask toward the eyes.
Choi Yoon-hee, a senior official at LG Electronics’ air solution product team, said:
Breathing is the biggest concern when it comes to wearing a face mask and disposable masks come with a huge environment cost.
Meanwhile, the mask comes with a case that charges the battery and disinfects the mask with UV light.
Also, the device is billed to be available in the fourth quarter of 2020 in select markets as LG is yet to set a market price.
LG said the mask has a battery life of about eight hours on low-power settings and two hours on its highest setting.