From Safety to Taste, Innovation Knows No Bounds
Concept N95 masks. (PHOTO: SCREENSHOT)
Edited by QI Liming
Transparent smart N95 mask imminent
A Singaporean company claims to make the world's smartest mask with Project Hazel: a new reusable N95 respirator. It's a concept design with a glossy outside shell made of waterproof and scratch-resistant recycled plastic, which is transparent to allow for lip -reading and seeing facial cues when you chat with people. The smart mask also features interior lights which come on automatically when it's dark, allowing you to express yourself clearly regardless of the lighting conditions.
The main features of this mask lie within its two circular zones that flank your mouth. They're used for ventilation, giving the device an almost futuristic gas mask look. Project Hazel will use active disc-type ventilators, filtering air that's breathed in, as well as the CO2 that's being exhaled. The company adds that it will be certified to filter 95 percent of airborne particles, including the COVID-19 virus and other common pathogens.
With a dual-purpose fast charger that simultaneously sterilizes, the smart mask is always ready to go. It glows from red to green for easy reference when checking battery level. Each Project Hazel mask will include a large charging case that sterilizes the mask with UV light when it's not in use, although this is still in the concept stage.
Lickable TV screen: Imitating the flavors of the food it displays
Tasting on TV lickable screen. (PHOTO: SCREENSHOT)
A Japanese professor has developed a prototype of a lickable TV screen, that allows for the flavor profiles of food to be created. With this device, all you need to do is to lick the screen and taste the food on the display.
The device is called Taste the TV (TTTV) and it involves 10 flavor canisters spraying a combination of flavors onto a plastic film that's layered onto a flat-screen TV, in an attempt to recreate the taste of a food item.
"The goal is to make it possible for people to have the experience of something like eating at a restaurant on the other side of the world, even while staying at home," said Meiji University professor Homei Miyashita.
He added that this device might be put in use for budding sommeliers and chefs, who need to taste things while honing their craft, but are disadvantaged because of remote learning.
If made commercially, the TV would cost 875 USD, he estimated.