New N95 masks offer better fit for kids
NEW N95 masks that better fit Asians, especially children, have been developed by ST Engineering subsidiary Innosparks.
They come in three sizes, and have an internal valve that can be fitted with a micro-ventilator.
The masks fit better to protect wearers from airborne contaminants and are more comfortable.
The AIR+ Smart Masks are the result of over a year of research, which included 3D face scans of more than 800 people incuding primary and secondary school students.
The masks keep the temperature within as much as 4 deg C lower than that of a standard N95 mask.
They also reduce the level of accumulated carbon dioxide from up to 5 per cent in a standard mask to 1.5 per cent.
Carbon dioxide build-up can cause health conditions such as headaches and shortness of breath.
"We have arrived at an elegant solution to close the gap in today's protective masks and make a difference in people's lives," said Fong Saik Hay, chief technology officer of ST Engineering.
The masks will be available at all Watsons outlets by tomorrow. Prices will be determined by Watsons, but the recommended price by ST Engineering is around $7 for a box of three masks, and $29.90 for a rechargeable micro-ventilator which is sold separately.