by: Rich DeMuro,
Before coronavirus, many of us only saw face masks at the doctor’s office. These days, they’re everywhere, and available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and patterns.
Now, they’re going high-tech, too!
Pandemic-related tech was a big theme at this year’s CES 2021, a major tech conference. Here are a few notable new high-tech masks:
This is probably the most outrageous mask of the bunch. It looks like something an astronaut would wear!
The Air by MicroClimate is the ultimate wearable since the dome-shaped “super mask” covers your entire head. At the same time, the clear covering on the front lets people see your entire face.
Ninety percent of our communication is happening with the rest of our face … when you cover it … you lose that,” explained Daniel Boyer, Chief Marketing Officer at MicroClimate via a Zoom interview.
To stay comfortable and (mostly) fog-free, there are four built in HEPA filters and two fans.
“Wind, cold temperature, humidity, it creates a comfort. The world is harsh,” said Boyer, who sees life for the Air even after the pandemic.
The device is comfortable to wear, as long as it’s charged up and the fans are running. It’s certainly a conversation starter.
But will it work on a plane? MicroClimate says it satisfies all of the requirements for a face mask, but results may vary depending on the airline.