Since face masks are still the norm, tech companies want you to play masks. Last year, LG introduced the PuriCare wearable air purifier with three fans and a pair of HEPA-style filters. Ten months later at last disclosed the date of the initial release of the device, the improved version of which arrives in Thailand in August. However, nothing is known about the price yet.
The latest version features a smaller and lighter motor, as well as a built-in microphone, speaker and voice amplifier. LG says its VoiceOn technology automatically recognizes when you speak and amplifies the sound so others can hear you through the mask. Unfortunately, this cannot make you sound like Darth Vader.
LG has also bumped the battery from 820mAh to 1000mAh, although the claimed 8-hour battery life remains the same. It also advertises a two-hour recharge using the included USB cable. The company said the wearable cleaners should roll out to other regions after receiving regulatory approval.
For now, LG is promoting the mask with the help of the Thai Olympic team, who donned it for the Tokyo Summer Games. Obviously, the Korean company is positioning it as an ideal destination for those who train outdoors. But the LG device has competitors: we’ve already seen masks with technology from Razer and, mmm, Will.i.Am.
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