Ao Air’s Atmos Faceware is placing itself as a tech-pushed answer to growing ranges of air pollution in a world that’s literally and figuratively burning. However, the $350 gadget, which simply debuted at CES, could also be past the worth vary of people who find themselves weakest to the very drawback it’s in search of to deal with.
Inhaling pollutant-crammed air is dangerous: it may possibly exacerbate bronchial asthma and different respiratory circumstances and may improve the threat for stroke, heart illness, and a few cancers. Individuals enduring the bushfires in Australia, or who survived California’s intense wildfire seasons need to cope with not solely the flames, however harmful smoke as effectively. And even areas removed from wildfires typically deal with air choked with tiny, dangerous particles.
Atmos Faceware needs to be the answer to people’s air quality issues. The corporate commissioned its personal research that discovered the masks supplied higher safety towards particulate matter than customary air filter masks licensed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). (The research has not been revealed, and has not been peer-reviewed.) Ao Air payments it as a brand new answer to air pollution safety: in contrast to most face masks and different respirators, the Atmos Faceware doesn’t require a hermetic seal to be efficient, in keeping with the corporate press launch. Facial hair, sweat, and different elements that may usually disrupt a seal don’t hinder Faceware’s perform, the corporate says.
It’s additionally a costly selection: the masks, together with four further filters, will ultimately retail for $350, in line with a spokesperson. Solely a “restricted quantity” of the masks are at present out there for presale throughout CES. For comparability, N95 masks, the most common NIOSH-licensed masks, goes for around $15.
Air filters are rising in popularity because the world heats up. Climate change is barely going to make fireplace seasons longer and more intense, increasing the number of days with excessive ranges of air pollution from wildfires. Fires aren’t the one means local weather change impacts pollution ranges, both: hotter temperatures can imply more stagnant air, and more ozone clogging the air close to the bottom.