THE AIR DEVICE
The AIR device is worn under any common face mask and uses a patent-pending system to neutralizes harmful contaminants trapped in the user's cloth face mask (such as live viruses, pathogens, bacteria, and other biomatter) with short-wave ultraviolet (UVC) LED light exposure.
Why Masks Alone are inadequate
While cloth masks have been shown to prevent most respiratory diseases, wearing a mask can lead to mask contamination. According to the CDC, if a used mask is not handled correctly it can lead to virus transfer. Because of this, washing your mask is recommended by health officials. While this can be helpful, studies have shown that these pathogens can still be spread in the washing cycle and contaminate other laundry in the process. The AIR Device sanitizes your mask while you wear it which reduces the risk of cross contamination.
Breathe With Confidence
N95 masks have been the go-to PPE for preventing exposure to COVID-19, but these only filter 95% of particulate. Combined with the use of the AIR device, implemented ultraviolet lighting would neutralize the remaining five percent while irradiating these
contaminants trapped in the mask surface. Because of the unique UV sanitizing benefits, the AIR device is an excellent solution for mitigating exposure to COVID-19 and other dangerous pathogens by giving an extra layer of virus defense.
The Sanitary Solution
UV light (especially UV-C light) damages a pathogen’s DNA or RNA, which prevents it from replicating and infecting the body. The function of the AIR device is to sterilize the fabric mask worn over the device using this UV technology. The UV light that is integrated into the AIR device is oriented in a way that the filtering mask surface has a long exposure to the light which kills biological material trapped in the material.
The AIR device is worn under any common face mask and utilizes a patent-pending system to neutralize contaminants trapped in the cloth face mask by means of short-wave ultraviolet light exposure. The ultraviolet light source is produced via UV LEDs, which are integrated into the device. The spectrum of ultraviolet light is separated into various ranges, with shortest-wavelength referred to as UV-C; which is considered “germicidal UV”.
The AIR device uses integrated UVGI technology that offers extra protection when paired with a mask. The user wears a face mask (cloth mask, surgical mask, N95, etc.), over the device. A small, rechargeable battery pack powers the device's disinfecting UV-C LEDs. The LEDs give off UV light exposure, which inactivates viruses, bacteria, and pathogens. Unlike other filter masks, this design provides protection for both the user and others by providing this UV benefit to both the inhaled and exhaled air.
how it works
For years, hospitals and labs have used UV light for disinfection and medical sanitation against viruses. While UV is part of the normal spectrum of sunlight, it can cause sunburn with long exposure. This was taken into account during the AIR development. The device's UV light is directed away from the user, preventing any direct skin exposure.
AIR was designed and developed in the USA, and the design has multiple patents pending. Development of the product was guided by scientific research and proven examples of germicidal irradiation. The development team used computer aided design to optimize the function of the device. The AIR device team is currently exploring manufacturing opportunities to move production to the United States for 100% made-in-the-USA components. The AIR Solo™ will be available in late July 2020.