Forget face masks, AIR by MicroClimate is basically a science fiction movie-inspired acrylic visor that “enables an unobstructed view of the face,” complete with fans and HEPA filters. On a full charge, you can expect up to 4-hours of continuous use, so you may still need to bring face masks for long trips. Comfort wise, there are cushion liners and the entire helmet is made of a washable fabric for easy cleaning. Read more for a video and additional information.
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UV-C is essentially a shorter, more energetic wavelength of light that is ideal for destroying genetic material, both in humans and viral particles. In nature, it’s typically filtered out by ozone in the atmosphere long before it reaches human skin. Since it was discovered in 1878, artificially produced UVC has become a prime method of sterilization, which is mostly used in hospitals, airplanes, offices, and factories every day. Read more to see how Samsung 0° Clean uses this light to disinfect face masks.
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It’s true, the rumored Apple Face Mask is real, but it will only be distributed to corporate and retail employees. There will also allegedly be an Apple ClearMask, which is a transparent surgical mask approved by the FDA, and could be used by those helping customers with hearing impairments. The standard Face Mask features three filter layers and can be washed as well as reused up to 5-times. Read more for a video showing how Apple is handling the pandemic at its newest retail Apple Central World store in Bangkok.
Hate cloth masks and want a comfortable alternative? If so, you might want to check out the SEEUS95. It features a transparent design with the functionality of a standard N95 mask, but is reusable and can be worn without hooking it around your ears. The mask is molded from medical-grade clear silicone that adheres to your face by gently making contact with the skin around your nose, cheeks, and chin. There’s an innovative lining made from chitosan, a skin-healing vegan polymer, that secures it to your face. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Lumen Couture unveils their LED Display mask, which uses paper-thin LED matrix screens to allow you to add custom text, images, and voice inputs, all controlled through a free companion app. There are breathable sections above and below the electronics, which are fully removable for washing. When the tech component is removed, you can wear the fabric mask as you would any other. Read more for a video and additional information.
One big problem with traditional N95 face masks is that they can’t easily be sterilized for reuse, that is unless…you’re talking about iMASC (Injection Molded Autoclavable, Scalable, Conformable). Developed by MIT researchers, this mask can be sterilized in multiple ways without sacrificing its effectiveness. Examples would include using a steam sterilizer, heating them in the oven, or even soaking them in both bleach and rubbing alcohol. Read more for a video and additional information.
Engineer Shane Wighton, an engineer by trade who has become quite a popular YouTuber known as “Stuff Made Here,” realized that even though some barbers and hair salons have partially reopened, there was still a risk at contracting COVID-19 by going in for a cut. So, he decided to build a haircut robot that may not give the best cuts, but most certainly gets the job done. Read more for the video and additional information.
It’s not everyday that you see drones putting on a light show, much less one reminding you to wear face masks, wash your hands and socially distance. That’s what happened in Seoul, South Korea, this past weekend. Around 300 drones were used to showcase motivational and awareness messages during this coronavirus pandemic. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA knows the importance of not touching your face during this pandemic, so they created PULSE, or a 3D-printed wearable device that pulses, or vibrates, when a person’s hand nears that area. Since entire project is open source and available on Github, it’s simple as well as affordable technology that can easily be reproduced should you have a 3D printer as well as basic technical knowledge. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
ZAGG Brands Mophie and InvisibleShield have launched UV smartphone sanitiziers designed to kill 99.99% of the most common surface bacteria1 found on mobile devices and other frequently touched items. In addition to keepin things sanitized, the Mophie UV Sanitizer features a Qi-enabled wireless charging lid so users can simultaneously charge their mobile device while sanitizing other personal items such as keys, credit cards, earbuds, and more. Read more for two videos and additional information.