It’s often said that “necessity is the mother of invention,” and that has certainly shown to be true with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. One medical product that has seen a re-innovation of sorts, in both fashion and function, is the face covering.
The Active+ Halo Smart Mask is a dome-shaped face mask, much like an N95 mask, which allows an air gap above your nose and mouth to make breathing a little easier. It’s attached to the face with soft elastic cloth ear loops. Our mask was just a bit too loose, but AirPop provides bands to adjust the earloops.
What makes the Active+ face mask “smart” is the Halo sensor embedded in the cloth layer. The Bluetooth Low Energy sensor can track your breathing rate, air volume, and wear time, and when combined with the smartphone app, can use your location to determine AQI (air quality index) and calculate the amount of particulate matter blocked. The Halo even has an LED ring that can be customized to your color preference (although the LED would only light up when syncing the sensor with the app).
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