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Technology LG officially announces its battery-powered air purifier mask

16:35  10 october  2020
16:35  10 october  2020 Source:   theverge.com

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LG has officially announced a portable air purifier that you wear on your face like a mask . The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier uses a pair of Since LG ’s new mask uses motorized fans, it needs to be powered in order to work. LG says the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier has a 820mAh battery that

The battery - powered PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier mask includes two H13 HEPA filters, similar to those used in home air purifying products. LG hasn't announced a release date or a price for its new product, but says it will enable the user to breathe clean air both indoors and outside.

LG has officially announced a portable air purifier that you wear on your face like a mask. The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier uses a pair of replaceable filters similar to what you’d find in LG’s range of air purifiers for the home, pairing them with battery-powered fans to help you breath. LG says the device has sensors to detect when you’re breathing in or out, and adjusts the fans’ speeds accordingly.

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Today’s announcement ahead of IFA 2020 doesn’t explicitly mention the COVID-19 pandemic, but it heavily implies that the mask was developed in response to it. The company says the wearable air purifier is designed to replace the “inconsistent” homemade masks worn by some people, as well as the disposable masks that it says have been in short supply.

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LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier resolves the dilemma of homemade masks being of inconsistent quality and disposal masks being in short supply. The design also makes it possible to wear the unit comfortably for hours on end. The efficient and lightweight 820mAh battery offers up to eight hours of

LG announced last week an air - purifying face mask , which the company plans to show off today at the IFA trade show in Berlin. On high settings, the battery life will last about 2 hours, LG said, and on low it will last about 8 hours. "With its Dual Fans [the] wearable air purifier allows users to take in

Back in July, when LG first announced the mask and said it would be donating 2,000 of the devices to a university hospital in Seoul, one executive from the company said they hoped it would help medical staff “amid the protracting COVID-19 pandemic,” The Korea Herald reported. They hoped it would make it easier for medical staff to wear a mask for hours at a time.

a close up of a device: Inside the mask are two replaceable filters, with motorized fans to help the wearer breath. © Image: LG Inside the mask are two replaceable filters, with motorized fans to help the wearer breath.

It’s important to note, however, that LG’s press release doesn’t make any claims about the mask slowing the spread of the coronavirus, including whether it filters air as you exhale as well as inhale. LG declined to comment to The Verge when we asked about this directly, and said that it was waiting until certification and testing is complete to give full details. It’s an important distinction, since masks are as much about preventing the wearer from infecting those around them as they are about helping to stop the wearer from being infected.

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LG ’s new PuriCare mask is labelled as a wearable air purifier , and uses batteries to power the two HEPA filters built-in. The fit will be similar to what we’re used to, hooking over the ears and covering the face. But the magic happens on the front part where 99.97% of particulates in the air down to .3

Imagine this exploding for battery malfunction.

The USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends against the use of masks with exhalation valves or vents to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, since these don’t filter “expelled respiratory droplets” that could allow wearers to infect those nearby.

Since LG’s new mask uses motorized fans, it needs to be powered in order to work. LG says the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier has a 820mAh battery that provides up to eight hours of use in its low-power mode, dropping to just two hours in high-power mode.

LG’s announcement doesn’t say exactly when the mask will release or how much it will cost, but notes that it will be available in the fourth quarter of this year in “select markets.”

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