Introducing: Electronic Face Mask to trend as High-Tech Fashion – Video
How would you like an electronic face mask that can filter air, give an LED smile, and/or provide language translation? Say hello to innovation!
Innovation: Engineers from various corporations, startups, students, and even freelancers have entered the market with a various types of unique electronic designs, redefining the “new normal” of public mask-wearing.
An LED “Talking” Mask
In June, BBC’s Chris Fox interviewed maker Tyler Glaiel about his homemade electronic face mask. Tyler used an Arduino Nano, along with an LED array to produce a light pattern that mimics the motion of the mouth when speaking. It addresses an issue that is missing in the more advanced medical devices, which is the ability to see when a user is talking.
The electronic wearable connects to any existing mesh mask and connects through a Bluetooth tethered cellular device to translate a users’ spoken word into text on the phone. The C-FACE leverages existing robotics IP to translate Japanese into eight other languages.
Another innovation comes from Vita Innovations with its flagship product, VitalMask. The startup formed in April 2020 after winning AI Health Hackathon hosted by Cornell Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Science Center alongside Entrepreneurship at Cornell. The 3D printed mask places sensors around the earlobes, nose, and mouth. These sensors monitor body temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and respiration for use in hospitals. The team behind the technology won the grand prize of $2,000 at the hackathon and took the third-place $500 prize in the special category sponsored by IBM.