Space scientists develop innovative mask, will help those wearing glasses
The new mask prevents the mixing of nasal and oral aerosols avoiding foggy vision for the bespectacled
Two scientists at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram have developed a new mask which they said ensured a proper filtration and removed some of the irritants of normal mask especially for bespectacled, the Hindustan Times has reported.
The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre is part of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The new mask has two zones, a nasal part and an oral part, stitched into a single unit. This prevents the mixing of nasal and oral aerosols avoiding foggy vision for the bespectacled, the report quoted a statement released by the scientists as saying.
According to the statement, the nasal part is stitched with wire strips which fit comfortably to any nose contour. A string with the mask helps to hang it on the chest when it is removed in between. Made of durable khadi cloth, the mask has adjustable ear loops for a comfortable and efficient fit.
No patent or trademark, details of mask developed by P Venuprasad and Dr Anitha S are available. The material cost will be around ₹10 a piece and any tailor can make it easily, the statement said, according to the Hindustan Times report.
According to the statement quoted in the report, the mask has three layers with the filter fabric material in between. In addition, a replaceable filter cartridge infused with a blend of ayurvedic essential oils can be placed in the nasal zone, which is optional.
The mask can be configured into different sizes as per the need, the statement said. It can be washed and reused several times.