Chinese start-up Any Air has created a wearable air purifier for people keen to avoid inhaling urban pollutants. The Wind Six purifier looks like a headset and features an electronic filter located under the nose that the inventors claim can remove 99.9% of the harmful PM2.5 particulate matter, the main air pollutant in China. It can also filter out 90% of formaldehyde, the gas released from power plants and car exhausts. The current battery lasts up to six hours, but the creators hope to extend this to ten.
Marketed as less intrusive and more stylish than traditional smog masks, the Wind Six purifier also boasts built in sensors which monitor air quality and relay that data to the accompanying app. Users then access a map that displays the levels of air pollution in different parts of the city, enabling them to avoid the areas with the highest amount of toxins in the air.
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The World Health Organisation reports that there were 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution in 2012, of which nearly 90% were in developing countries.
Details of the Wind Six’s cost have yet to be released as the creators continue to tweak the design before it’s put on the market. If it is affordable, it could help to lower the alarming death rates of residents in smog-filled cities.
Crowd-sourced data of the levels of toxins in such cities could also put further pressure on governments to deal with air pollution.