At CES 2023, AIRXÔM unveiled the final version of a face mask that is said to deactivate viruses, bacteria and pollutants on contact. While medical and surgical face masks may protect against the spread and exposure of viruses, AIRXÔM appears to destroy viruses by filtering them.
According to Reviewed Chief Scientist Dave Ellerby, the technology behind this mask is correct: “The AIRXÔM is extraordinary in that it includes features that you normally only see in masked room-sized air purifiers.”
The mask includes three different ways to stop pollutants. Mesh fabric traps particles, and metal nanoparticles threaded into the mask kill bacteria and viruses. The mask’s photocatalytic layer uses UVA activated titanium dioxide to enhance the antiviral properties of titanium dioxide. The other layer contains copper particles that have proven antiviral activity and can potentially destroy viruses.
Ellerby notes that by combining several technologies into one small package, AIRXÔM can stop or eliminate the most dangerous forms of air pollution.
The mask is worn like a standard medical mask covering the nose and mouth. It is heavier than your traditional mask as it weighs 160 grams which is about a third of a pound. Thanks to the antiviral properties inherent in the design of the mask, its service life is about three years. AIRXÔM has a recycling program with the hope of reducing waste at the end of a mask’s life.
The AIRXÔM mask has yet to hit the market, but the company expects it to be available on its website in late 2023. The price of the mask is 480 euros or about 510 US dollars.
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