Want to protect yourself when traveling, but don’t want to wear a mask to cover your face? Try on the helmet to fit the size.
new Air from microclimate Hall Labs is a wearable technology that combines the characteristics of motorcycle fashion and space denim, with a transparent dome that can make your face no longer hidden. MicroClimate said that the product’s HEPA filter system can “filter 99.97% of particles, up to 0.03 microns, into and out of the air to ensure the safety of you and the people around you.”
“AIR is a full-face super mask designed for safe and comfortable air travel,” Michael Hall, the founder of Hall Labs Provo, a technology incubator based in UT, told us. “AIR has an innovative neck seal, using an impervious scarf and drawstring. It feels like a shirt collar. AIR filters the incoming and outgoing air through four foldable HEPA filters and is equipped with two high-power fans to keep the mask fresh No fog.”
AIR weighs 2 pounds and also includes a USB-C cable for charging and two lithium polymer batteries, which can provide up to 8 hours of battery life. The price of AIR is US$199.
according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), HEPA filtering “can be part of a plan to protect people indoors…when used in conjunction with other best practices recommended by the CDC and other agencies.” In fact, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HEPA filtering is recommended for healthcare facilities and other high-risk areas.
The CDC also issued guidelines stating that people should wear masks when in public or wherever they cannot maintain proper social distancing. The advantage of AIR transparent domes over face masks is that they provide advanced protection and the ability to actually see each other’s faces; it is this last part that is the original inspiration for the product.
The story goes like this: Hall, a former automotive engineer, is on a pre-pandemic ski trip with his family, and laments that in the cold weather, he can’t see their faces. In the Covid-19 era, the product now has a new urgency and has undergone some design adjustments caused by the pandemic. AIR will start shipping on October 28th, available at Microclimate website.
The company said that although the current version is suitable for travel, Hall Labs is currently developing a version for “daily use, education and healthcare.” The straw port that is still in the design “will make AIR the only protection you can drink while wearing.”