Coronavirus: LG designs new face mask that will fight Covid and foggy glasses

  • Check out the South Korean company’s battery-powered filtered device
  • Unlike surgical masks, the PuriCare Wearable is designed to stop your breath steaming up your lenses
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While we’ve been wearing masks all day errday in Hong Kong for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us still haven’t found a perfect solution to fogged-up glasses. A South Korean company has, though: they have invented a battery-powered filtered face mask designed to reduce annoying problems associated with conventional designs, such as breathing difficulties and condensation on your lenses.

LG Electronics’ PuriCare Wearable, which comes in one size and weighs as much as a pair of ski goggles – ie substantially more than your surgical variety – features two fans and high-efficiency particle air filters that clean air coming in and exhaled breath going out.

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As authorities around the world increasingly urge the public to follow in the footsteps of people in Asia, and use face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, manufacturers have turned their attention to making such gear more comfortable without compromising safety.

Among problems mask wearers face are breathing difficulties and fogged-up glasses as the warm breath escapes from the top of the mask toward the eyes.

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“Breathing is the biggest concern when it comes to wearing a face mask and disposable masks come with a huge environment cost,” Choi Yoon-hee, a senior official at LG Electronics’ air solution product team, said.

The mask comes with a case that charges the battery and disinfects the mask with UV light.

LG said the mask has a battery life of about eight hours on low-power settings and two hours on its highest setting.

The device should be available later this year.