This story was originally published on July 27, 2021, and last updated on January 9, 2022.
If you thought LG’s original, high-tech air-purifying mask needed speakers and a mic, then you’ll like this new version. LG upgrades its PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier to include built-in microphones and speakers to amplify your voice. The company includes tech it’s calling VoiceON, which “automatically recognizes when users are talking and amplifies their voice through the built-in speaker.”
LG isn’t the first company to include voice-amplification tech into their mask. Razer’s Project Hazel mask, which the company confirmed will be released in limited quantities, has something similar.
The company also includes a smaller, lighter motor with the mask now weighing 94 grams. It comes with a 1,000mAh battery that recharges in two hours via USB. According to LG, you can wear the mask comfortably for up to eight hours at a time. Of course, that’s something that has to be tested to really know.
LG isn’t claiming the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier will protect against COVID-19. Without any scientific studies coming out on this particular product or additional details on the replaceable filters, we shouldn’t make claims about its efficacy in this regard. We could think about it in terms of helping with dealing with issues like air pollution.
Of course, this still all depends on whether you want one or can afford one. LG hasn’t announced pricing or widespread availability yet. But it’s been seen on 120 Thai athletes, coaches, and staff heading to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics at the Suvannabhumi Airport.
LG plans to launch the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier in Thailand next month, “with other markets to follow once approved by local regulators.”
LG Philippines has launched this new PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier in the country. It retails for PHP 9,799, but you can get it for PHP 8,819 right now on Lazada or Shopee.
It recently rolled out the accompanying app on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, which lets you access features like tracking usage history, managing filters, and viewing real-time battery information. The app also provides your respiratory information, so you can see respiratory volume and frequency. You can also control the fans’ speed from the app and adjust mic volume. When engaged in an intense physical activity, you can enable the Turbo fan mode from the app to turn up the fans to their maximum setting. Any product upgrades will also be coursed through the app, too.
UPDATE 1: 2022/01/09 10:39 P.M. GMT+8 BY NICOLE BATAC
Added information on the app rollout
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