Samsung patents an electronic face mask with air purification tech

Samsung may have an electronic face mask in the pipeline. A newly published patent application from the South Korean conglomerate describes a mask fitted with a processor, air filters, sensors, a fan, and more. It filters out dust particles and other unwanted matter from the air so you can breathe clean air.

Samsung patent shows an electronic mask that helps clean the air you breathe

Originally filed in Korea in February 2023, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published this patent application from Samsung on March 28, 2024. The patent is for an electronic mask and a method of controlling it. The 32-page official document spotted by MSPowerUser reveals its working method and functions.

The mask supports various types of filters like MA-60, MA-80, or MA-94 to clean the air you breathe. The filters feature colored patterns on their edges. The colors vary depending on the filter’s grade, so the system can detect the type of filter based on these colors and adjust the rest of the settings accordingly. Samsung has also fitted the filters with sensors in all corners to determine the dirt level.

The processor uses the data from these sensors to automatically adjust the fan speed. If the filters are dirty, the fan rotates faster to remove the dust faster. If they are not so dirty, it will slow down to conserve battery. The whole setup works in tandem to filter out dust and pass clean air into your body. You can wear it when roaming around the city, in public places, or during workout sessions.

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You can see stats in a mobile app

Samsung’s electronic mask will come with a companion mobile app that gives you various statistics and information. You can see the grade of the filter currently fitted. battery level, the fan’s speed, the duration of the mask in use, the average number of breaths per minute, the amount of air filtered during this period, and more. You may also be able to control some settings through the app.

Like all patent applications, there is no guarantee Samsung will pursue this product. However, as air pollution levels rise globally, there may be a market for electronic masks in the future. The Korean behemoth might be evaluating the industry and could take its time before deciding the next step. Even if it decides to make an electronic mask, Samsung may or may not select this design.

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