Smart Cambridge Mask wants to track air pollution and improve your health

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A new startup is aiming to improve your health and wellbeing through the help of a smart mask that tracks air pollution.

The device, from the folks over at Cambridge Mask Company, is able track pollution in your area through a companion app, tell you when to wear the mask and how long the attached filter will be able to protect you.

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The mask itself features three filters created with help from the British military for use in chemical, nuclear, and biological attacks, with these also treated with silver to even absorb and kill viruses and bacteria. This, the company says, helps prevent the inhalation of other gases, such as toxic nitrogen oxide, which is produced from diesel fumes.

But the mask itself actually works through Bluetooth sensor in the valve, which is able to measure the wearers breathing patterns and alert them when a change of filter is needed, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) also being used as a base for notifying the user when the air may be hazardous.

The Cambridge mask is also able to register multiple users within the app, meaning a family or group can keep tabs on their specific levels.

But while this would appear to be a solid device for anybody concerned with high air pollution levels they experience during their morning commute, or people who need a safeguard against chemical sensitivities or their low immune system, wearing a mask in public still isn't a concept most people are completely comfortable with.

With cities such as London recently receiving warnings over air pollution levels, though, it's possible that a market could be creeping open for masks such as this to make a splash.

The project is currently doing the rounds on Kickstarter in search of £25,000, with early bird offers for a mask beginning at £18 (which translates to roughly $23) ahead of its expected shipping in October.

Smart Cambridge Mask wants to track air pollution and improve your health

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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

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