As coronavirus spread, many people began wearing drapes and respirators to protect against small particles of the virus.
Although these protective devices are currently in short supply, they have one thing in common. It is very difficult to unlock your smartphone with your face if you have a drape or respirator on.
And the Huami brand, which belongs to the Xiaomi ecosystem, wants to change that.
Huami, which is behind several wearable products with the brand Amazfit, is preparing a revolutionary novelty.
This should be a modular respirator that not only protects against harmful particles that cause COVID-19, but also offers the opportunity to unlock the smartphone with your face.
In creating the novelty, the Huami brand joined forces with an initiative called Project USmile 🙂, with the manufacturer noting that traditional cloth drapes block people from seeing other people's facial expressions and emotions, thus preventing normal social interactions.
The date of the performance has not been announced yet, but Huami brings the first photos of his new concept.
The respirator is self-disinfecting and contains a replaceable N95 filter together with a modular part for eye protection.
In addition, the mask is transparent and shows just those parts of the face that are needed to unlock the smartphone.
The name of this project is "Aeri" and its goal is to allow users to reveal their facial expressions and emotions, while breathing safe and clean air.
Another advantage is that the Aeri mask does not prevent face recognition in smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Google Pixel 4 and others.
Huami has created two conceptual designs, with the designations X and Y, which have an anti-fog cover, a translucent frame, a replaceable filter element, a fan and built-in UV light between the individual components.
The face cover is transparent and allows you to see most of the face. The airflow is supplied through replaceable filters on the sides of the mask.
Maintaining airflow is especially important to keep the mask out of the fog, which would block facial features.
The mask is made of soft and flexible materials, so it can be well attached around the face.
Many drapes are made to be machine washable, but this type of protection is not built for this.
The Aeri project uses a built-in ultraviolet emitter for disinfection. UV lights are activated when the mask is not in use and is connected to the power supply (via USB type C port).
It is not the final product
Aeri respirators are modular. Users can replace different filters, for example, a fan that can cool in a hot or humid environment, or an AQI sensor that can provide real-time information on air quality, humidity, respiration rate, and filter expiration.
It can also be attached to the mask removable eye protection. The straps and filters can also be adjusted in different colors.
Although Project Aeri sounds pretty good, we can't say for sure if these masks are really as safe as regular N95 respirators.
For a protective element to be effective in a medical environment, it must be properly deployed and pass a certified respirator test.
We are curious where this product will move and whether we will see it on sale at well-known sellers. Follow Xiaomi Planet and learn more.