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LG’s air purifying face mask now comes with built-in mic and speakers

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The new mask is lighter that the previous version and includes a microphone and speaker
The new mask is lighter that the previous version and includes a microphone and speaker
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The device reportedly should run for about eight hours on a single charge
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The device reportedly should run for about eight hours on a single charge
The new mask is lighter that the previous version and includes a microphone and speaker
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The new mask is lighter that the previous version and includes a microphone and speaker
The mask will initially be available in Thailand from August with other regions to follow later in the year
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The mask will initially be available in Thailand from August with other regions to follow later in the year
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LG has updated its PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier mask by incorporating a microphone and speaker to make it easier to talk. The new device will appear first in Thailand in August with other parts of the world to follow.

Last year LG was one of the first big electronics companies to jump into the face mask game. Carefully avoiding direct references to COVID-19, the mask essentially transferred its PuriCare air purifying technology into a portable device.

The first iteration was basically a HEPA air purifier you can strap to your face. The newest version of the device is smaller, lighter and brings in a couple of vital new features to solve a big problem found in the original.

The mask will initially be available in Thailand from August with other regions to follow later in the year
The mask will initially be available in Thailand from August with other regions to follow later in the year

That big problem the original device encountered was the great difficulty in having conversations through such an encompassing mask. Early reports suggested voices were substantially muffled and some users had to pull down the mask to talk.

To overcome this LG has now incorporated a microphone and speaker into the device, amplifying a person’s voice when they are talking. A computerized system, dubbed VoiceON by the company, can detect when you are talking and amplify your voice while remaining switched off when you are just breathing normally. So hopefully there is no Darth Vader-style heavy breathing effect.

Other elements of the original device have also been optimized in this new version. The battery has been upgraded to 1,000mA while the overall weight of the device has dropped from 126 grams to just 94 grams.

The device reportedly should run for about eight hours on a single charge
The device reportedly should run for about eight hours on a single charge

As previously mentioned, there is no direct claim or evidence this mask offers protection from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The HEPA filters in the mask have been found to remove 99.7 percent of viral particles but this is very carefully marketed as an air purifier and nothing else.

LG’s latest mask update isn’t the first electronic face mask to toy with microphone and speaker integration. Laptop company Razer revealed a unique smart mask concept earlier in the year. Its mask also featured a mic and speaker, alongside a transparent design and superfluous LED lights, for that full cyberpunk effect.

Razer’s mask certainly wins style points over LG but notably it has not hit the market yet, so if you are looking to actually buy one of these things the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier mask is your best bet. This new iteration from LG will initially launch in August in Thailand with other regions around the world following later this year.

Source: LG

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Daishi
I think my ears would start to hurt after only a few minutes holding that thing on. Even my regular mask gives me ear fatigue if I wear it long enough. On airplanes that pass out headphones (like International flights) I have taken to putting the facemask elastic around the headphones instead of my ears to give them a break. I think this thing hanging off my ears for 8-10 hours would be pretty painful. I think it would have to be paired with mount that goes around the back of your head or something.
jerryd
Both are silly heavy, restrictive. A far lighter with power filtered air blown in from below and a HEPA exhaust in front of the mouth will let speech and extra protection.
Better, lighter designs of these really are the key to stopping covid and opening up. So for $20/person we could stop in in just 2 months.
And strap/s around the head, not ears.