LG is Launching a ‘Wearable Air Purifier’!
LG is planning to release a device that is much needed right now. The company is rolling out a ‘wearable air purifier.’ Yes, you read it right! LG has named it ‘PuriCare.’
One of a Kind!
Frankly, the most intriguing aspect of the PuriCare is that other tech companies haven’t launched a similar product in recent months. LG is exhibiting its invention as part of the upcoming IFA press conference in Berlin. However, the company is going for a virtual presence at this year’s show.
Lots of things are going on in the press release regarding the “wearable air purifier.” As it highlights, “LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier resolves the dilemma of homemade masks being of inconsistent quality and disposal masks being in short supply. The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier employs two H13 HEPA filters, similar to the filters used in the company’s home air purifier products.”
The company supposedly goes out of its way not to point COVID-19. After all, certain health claims are most of the time subject to different regulations. Of course, it’s true, at several points masks have been in short supply during the pandemic. Seemingly that was the case when LG really began pushing the idea in earnest.
That said, it’s also worth highlighting that even professionally made masks provide a pretty wide spectrum of efficacy against the virus’s transmission. Plenty of questions arise due to this. For beginners, the filter and the question of how effective it might potentially be for both the user and the people around them. The latter is the major point of concern and the main argument i.e. to protect the people around.
Capitalizing on the Opportunity
LG’s response to the COVID-19 question holds off to possible future approval; “We’re waiting until further testing is complete before we’re able to share full details.” Hopefully, we’ll get some more concrete answers before it goes on sale in “the fourth quarter in select markets.” However, there are most probably non-coronavirus-related reasons to wear a mask, which includes pollution and other environmental contaminants.
Another question worth asking is what happens when the battery runs down. The mask can work for eight hours on “low” and two hours on “high,” because of an onboard 820mAh battery, according to data from LG. However, in certain scenarios can happen, when the user is out longer than the expected duration or maybe just forgot to fully charge before leaving the house.
There are two H13 HEPA filters integrated into the mask. They are similar in nature to the kind the company utilizes for its in-home air filtration system. UV-LED lights are also on-board, specially designed to kill bacteria, an added level of protection beyond the filtration system. In addition to the above-mentioned home filtration systems, LG also engineers and manufactures UV light wands for disinfecting purposes. The company has been working on a lot of this stuff already and clearly leveraged on an opportunity to capitalize on it in a mask form.
There’s a fair amount of on-board technology, consisting of the ability to regulate the speed of the filtration based on the user’s respiration. From the looks of the images, it’s also potentially ponderous. Then there’s the matter of the price that is still a mystery.