LG will add a microphone and speakers to its air-purifying mask, which will be released next month


LG has announced an updated version of state-of-the-art technology, an air-purifying face mask, terribly called LG PuriCare wearable air purifier. The company has not announced pricing or widespread availability, but says PuriCare will launch in Thailand next month “with other markets once approved by local regulators”. Between the ongoing pandemic and widespread air pollution, there is reason to think that there is a demand for such products.

LG first announced the mask last year, which uses replaceable air filters and built – in fans to filter the air. LG says the new version has a smaller and lighter engine as well as built-in microphones and speakers that amplify the user’s voice. (The video of the original mask shows it muted speech The latter technology, which LG calls VoiceON, “automatically recognizes users as they speak and amplifies their voice through the built-in speaker.”

LG is not the first company to put such sound amplification technology in a face mask with Razer’s Project Hazel Mask (expected to arrive in limited quantities later this year) offers a similar configuration. The Razer mask also has LED lighting, so take it, LG.

The new LG PuriCare mask weighs 94 grams, has a built-in 1,000 mAh battery and charges in two hours via USB. LG claims it’s comfortable enough to wear for up to eight hours at a time, but in my experience, no mask is really comfortable after a few hours.

LG does not claim that the mask would in any way protect against the new coronavirus, although it would suggest that this was the case when it first announced the product. It is true that some air purification filters stick particles The size of the virus that causes COVID-19, but without scientific research into this product or more information about the filters it uses, we cannot and should not make any claims about its effectiveness in this regard. However, a mask is better than no mask, and the best mask is one you like to wear.

Anyway, welcome to 2021: we’re now making technical updates on face masks.

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