Imagine a self-cleaning, transparent coronavirus mask

Imagine a self-cleaning, transparent coronavirus mask

The facemask has set the trend for the new normal and Chinese company Amazfit has taken a leap in innovation with the concept of a transparent N95-like face mask that can also clean itself. 

Huami's Amazfit Aeri concept also enables wearers to unlock their phones with Face ID.

The company devised a solution for people struggling to unlock their phones with facial recognition. Compounding to this dilemma is that many cities already require their residents to wear masks in public and major airlines have announced they will soon make them mandatory on flights.

Face masks have become an important part of our new normal. So far, shortages of N95 and surgical masks, both reserved for health care workers, have meant people are relying on cloth masks. Cloth mask falls short when you take into cognizance that you may still contact the virus while wearing it coupled to the fact that its an hindrance when unlocking your phone with facial recognition.

How Huami’s USP makes it a No-Brainer

Huami hopes to solve most of these problems with the Amazfit Aeri mask. It comes with removable air filters and will have built-in ultraviolet light emitters. By plugging the mask into a USB-C plug for a few minutes, it can disinfect itself after every use. This would allow each filter to be effective for one and a half months, according to a Huami spokesperson. That's much longer than the current eight hours N95 masks are good for. 

The Aeri mask would also be made with transparent anti-fog material so that enough of your facial features would be visible to unlock your phone using facial recognition technology like Face ID. And the modular design would allow it to house different accessories like an eye shield or a fan, which would make exercising with a face mask slightly less suffocating. 

Emerging technologies are now critical infrastructure

Under COVID-19, emerging technologies are propping up our daily lives. Connected devices enable both education and remote work. Chatbots provide life-saving information and relieve overwhelmed health systems. Location data applications track and map the spread of the virus for health workers and researchers.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown us that emerging technologies like the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence are not just tools, they are essential to the functioning of our society and economy. Particularly in this time of instability, we need to think of them as critical infrastructure.

Our ability to be adaptive, human-centered, and inclusive in the way we develop policy and protocols for emerging technologies has never been more essential. The continued security and resilience of our society depends on it.