An internal project under Rattl has been to try create a better mask for the (Covid) times.
While it is possible we fail to actually create an ideal one, the exercise so far has been a learning one.
Some basic criteria considered:
- protection against the virus (> handkerchiefs and cloth masks, at least)
- affordability (pointless if a solution for a global problem is not affordable by everyone)
- breathable (one reason a lot of people wear it on their chins, etc., is because many masks aren’t exactly easy to breathe in for more than a few minutes)
- address the gaps on the sides of the nose that are not adequately covered by masks without the nose wire/pin
Good to have features:
- transparent (at least around the mouth), to enable quality interactions
- good circulation (ideally explicit unidirectional channels for inhaling and exhaling
Will share any findings or updates as and when I get to work on it.
To start with, these were some initial sketches. Faces 3 & 5 were a quick rough digital trace from an image.
Some advantages of a full-face mask are:
- less strain of elastic bands on the ears
- an ignored aspect – the relatively more ‘breathing room’ inside the mask, while being better shielded
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