LG creates battery-powered face mask it calls a ‘wearable air purifier’

LG has unveiled a new face mask which includes built-in fans and filters to create what the company is calling a “wearable air purifier”.

The battery-powered mask includes two H13 HEPA filters, similar to those used in home air purifying products, as well as dual fans and a patented respiratory sensor to adjust the fan speed in line with the wearer’s breathing speed.

Called the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, LG says the device enables the user to breathe clean air both indoors and outside.

The battery can last up to eight hours on a single charge, and the device comes with a case which houses UV-LED lights that kill germs between uses, while the case can also send alerts to an LG app to notify the user when the air filters need to be replaced, LG said.

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The mask includes replaceable air filters (LG)

LG said the mask could help

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Amherst, UMass officials tout education, not punishment, for mask scofflaws

AMHERST — Town and University of Massachusetts officials said Thursday their goal is to educate students about wearing masks and social distancing, instead of punishing them with fines or expulsion from school.

The Amherst Board of Health has made masks mandatory downtown because of dangers posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

During an hour-long online forum Thursday, Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingston said a person refusing to wear a mask would not be fined.

He also said police will maintain a database on all calls related to people not wearing masks, and that they hope to learn from the data.

“Officers are trained to deescalate a situation, rather than let something spiral out of control, the chief said.

“If someone is adamant about not wearing a mask, we are not going to force the issue,” Livingstone said.

Police officers “will not be getting into situations when it becomes confrontational at all,” he

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