Technology: Battery-powered mask helps fight COVID-19 and foggy glasses

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has created a battery-operated filter mask that is designed to reduce the annoying problems associated with conventional designs, such as shortness of breath and foggy glasses.

Coming in a single size and weighing similar to a pair of ski goggles, PuriCare Wearable by LG Electronics features dual fans and high-efficiency particulate filters that clean incoming and outgoing air.

As authorities increasingly urge the use of masks in public to prevent the spread of , manufacturers have focused their attention on making such equipment more comfortable without compromising user safety.

Among the problems faced by users of breathing difficulties and foggy glasses are found when hot breath escapes from the top of the mask into the eyes.

“Breathing is the biggest concern when it comes to wearing a mask and disposable masks have a huge environmental cost,” Choi Yoon-hee, a senior official with LG Electronics’ air solutions product team, told Reuters.

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

The device will be available in the fourth quarter in select markets. LG has yet to set a price.

LG said the mask’s battery lasts for about eight hours on low-power settings and two hours on its highest settings.

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