Latest in Gear

Image credit: Engadget

The Atmōs is an air filter for your face, if you can bear the bulk

Extra-clean air comes at a price.
Engadget, @engadget
January 6, 2020
4 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Engadget Engadget

To make an ideal personal air filter, said Mikal Peveto, you'd need a seal around your face. The head of US for Aō Air is presenting an alternative at CES: the Atmōs. The device uses small fans to create a high-pressure pocket of clean air at the front of a mask that you breathe from, no seal necessary.

The transparent device goes over your mouth, with air drawn in just below your ears, where there are also sensors that measure one's respiration rate. The goal is to take it to consumers -- tonight, in fact. It'll be available for pre-order for $350, shipping in July of this year.

Peveto told Engadget the company was targeting regular consumers to wear outdoors when they're away from their home or office filtration systems.

ao air atmos

But we can't ignore the obvious bulk. It's a 256g hunk of plastic, fans and sensors on your face. When Engadget Editor-in-Chief Dana Wollman tried Atmōs, she found it heavy and noted that it pinched her nose.

Peveto described how low-tech masks can be a normal part of life in certain cities in Asia, especially those with poor air quality, and he seemed optimistic that people would be receptive to the size of the device. Aō Air has plans to shrink the mask down, Peveto said, noting the large size of the original iPod as an example. "It's 50 times better [than a regular mask]. Think about the first generation of anything."

Follow all the latest news from CES 2020 here!

In this article: ao air, Atmos, ces2020, green, news, gear
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
4 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Put Bernie Sanders almost anywhere with this Google Street View app

Put Bernie Sanders almost anywhere with this Google Street View app

View
Pixar's 'Soul' was so popular on streaming that it beat 'The Office'

Pixar's 'Soul' was so popular on streaming that it beat 'The Office'

View
Tesla accuses engineer of stealing crucial company software

Tesla accuses engineer of stealing crucial company software

View
Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games

Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games

View
Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad drops to $199 at Amazon

Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad drops to $199 at Amazon

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr