With the rapid development of cities such as London, Hong Kong, and even Macau, it’s easy to overlook the changes in our environment such as the air we breathe and the pollution affecting the everyday lives of people.
Taking clean air to the next level and proposing a more extensive awareness of health and lifestyle, Cambridge Mask Company launched their smart pollution mask on crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
Starting from only GBP £18.00 or MOP $178, the SmartValve technology creates the world’s first connected mask, helping people manage their respiratory health better. By monitoring the quality of air around you and issuing an advisory when to change mask filter, this wearable technology is not only ideal for cyclists and city dwellers but anyone who cares about their health and wants to take precautionary measures when it comes to their well-being.
The mask comes in a variety of attractive colors and sizes. It filters particulate pollution such as diesel emissions, gas pollution like petrol fumes, and pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. With the addition of a Bluetooth low energy chip in the mask valve, you know how long you should be wearing the mask, when you need to remove it, and more. The circular valve of the mask can be removed, and replaced with the SmartValve which quickly and easily clicks into place.
By downloading the Cambridge Mask app, you can then check ambient air quality using a mix of open source and government data, provided via AirVisual. Then, using your height, weight, age and gender, it will calculate lung capacity and cross reference this with breathing patterns using the sensors in the SmartValve. This data will be able to give filter expiration level as well as advise when you should wear a mask.
The app has a family feature that allows the main user to register their family members’ masks, too. The masks are aimed at urban residents who are exposed to higher air pollution levels, as well as cyclists, allergy sufferers, and those with low immune systems or chemical sensitivities. The Cambridge Mask Company creates a range of adjustable masks—there are five sizes that fit from age two years old and above—and come in an array of colors and designs to give customers a wide choice of styles.
The company is aiming to raise GBP £25,000 (MOP $248,552) to take the concept to market. The development has taken nearly two years, with prototype and patent already developed. The campaign will run from May 30 to June 29.