The A.I.R. Device is an antimicrobial irradiation respirator that is worn under any common face mask and utilizes a patent-pending system to sanitize the air. This system simultaneously neutralizes contaminants trapped in the user’s cloth face mask with the aid of short-wave ultraviolet light exposure.
Who makes this product?
A.I.R. was designed and developed in the USA by Oracle Lighting Technologies and has multiple patents-pending in the USA and internationally. These products were developed in-house by our Research & Development team who used computer-aided design in the process for optimized form and function.
What is the Device made of?
The face piece is made from food-grade silicone, a non-porous material that reduces the ability for bacteria to grow. The straps are made of a 10mm nylon webbing material that is a fabric proven to be more comfortable in testing over restrictive rubber straps found on some respirators.
What is the battery and what is the battery life of the device?
The AIR device has a rechargeable 14500 Lithium-ion 2000mAh battery pack and includes a mini USB charging cable that plugs in at the rear of head strap. The battery run time is approximately 8-10 hours continuous use.
How do you recommend cleaning the Device?
Because the device is sanitizing itself forward of the LEDs, only the face piece will need to be cleaned. The face piece is made from food-grade TPE material so it is difficult for bacteria to grow on this non-porous surface, and it can be cleaned with mild soap and water as needed.
Will the device fit me?
This will fit most adult faces. We designed the facial contact surface of the A.I.R Device using NIOSH Anthropometric Data and ISO Digital 3D headforms. These modes have ten facial dimensions relevant to respirator fit for defining a principal component analysis model, which divides the user population into five face-size categories. Mean facial dimensions were then computed to target the ideal facial dimensions for each size category. Five scans in each category were chosen and averaged to construct a representative headform for each size category (small, medium, large, long/narrow and short/wide). All dimensions are within 3 mm of the computed means for the sample population in each size category. The facial fitment of the A.I.R Device is based off an average of over 1000 scanned human heads to insure best possible fitment.
Will the device be comfortable?
The surface of the A.I.R. Solo is made from high quality soft silicone material. The material is manufactured with a Shore 30 hardness, this mimics the density of human skin and provides the most comfortable touch and feel. The softness of the silicone is important to prevent irritation from wearing the device for long periods of time. The silicone material is an antimicrobial material that inhibits the growth of bacteria on the device’s surface. To ensure a comfortable fit, Anthropometric Data from ISO Digital 3D headforms was used to insure best fitment across multiple face sizes and shapes.
Is there approval or certification of this product’s effectiveness?
Effective protection is important, and we understand that new methods need to be proven for your peace-of-mind. In addition to our extensive testing, we are also working to exceed safety benchmarks and demonstrate overall effectiveness. We have cited many scientific studies which support the effectiveness of this product; please visit our Research page for more information. We will announce any official approval or certifications as available.
Why is a face covering alone not adequate?
While using cloth masks have shown to prevent most respiratory diseases,studies have shown that using the masks for extensive time periods can lead to mask contamination. This contamination can leave any user with the risk of being exposed to live viruses, pathogens, and other bacteria. Because of these risks, washing your mask is recommended by health officials. While this can be helpful, studies have shownthat these pathogens can still be spread in the washing cycle and can contaminate other laundry in the process.
Why is this additional protection necessary?
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 sanitizing the contaminated mask at the same time. This offers the wearer more robust protection from infection by making up the difference.
Is UV light harmful to the person wearing the mask?
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 direct skin exposure. This was taken into account during the AIR development. The LEDs are intentionally directed away from the user, preventing any direct skin exposure. Simulations with special UV-C sensors confirm that no harmful levels of UV-C were received by the user.
Will the device get hot during use?
We understand that a too-warm device could be uncomfortable to wear so we have been working to be sure we are driving the LEDs at a current which is germicidal-effective but not high enough to create heat. We have conducted several tests in different scenarios and have locked into a drive system that provides the most benefit with the least amount of heat. We also relocated two heat-producing resistors to the battery box and added an IC circuit which pulses the UVA LEDs with a PWM signal so they are only at full brightness for a millisecond. This provides the UVA benefit (as an indicator that the device is on and functioning) while reducing the heat produced and power consumed.
Will the device generate any ozone?
This is a valid concern as ozone gas can irritate the lungs and damage the environment. With traditional UVC vapor lamps, there is ozone produced; however, the UVC LEDs used in the AIR Device do not produce any ozone.
What is the overall lifetime of the LEDs?
The estimated lifetime of the LEDs is rated at 40,000 hours of use. UVC LEDs are much more durable than traditional UC Mercury lamps and feature a much longer life span.
What is the Wavelength of the UVC LEDs used?
The UVC wavelength of the LEDs used in the A.I.R. Solo is 280 Nanometers.
Is 280nm the best for disinfection?
Yes! Some may have heard that 254nm is best; however, this is a common misunderstanding based on the dated functional parameters of mercury UV lamps. Traditional mercury lamp disinfection devices use high-pressure mercury lamps which operate at 254nm. This wavelength of 254nm is not the peak absorption wavelength of bacteria and viruses; it is simply a convenient line of mercury. In trials, a wavelength range of 275nm to 280nm proved to be the more effective for microbial disinfection.
Why are there 2 different types of LEDs?
UV-C is nearly outside the spectrum of visible light, which means that you can not clearly see it. Because of this, the device also contains UV-A LEDs in addition to the anti-germicidal UV-C LEDs. The UV-A LEDs provide a wider light spectrum and a visible light. The visible UV-A LEDs function as an indicator that the device is on, and the pulsing effect of the LEDs indicates it is actively performing the sanitizing function.
Can I pre-order?
Yes, we are now accepting pre-orders. You can now pre-order your own AIR Solo directly from our web store. Order today to be one of the first with this protective innovation and get $20 off + free USA shipping.
What is the price?
The AIR Solo personal UV face mask is priced at $119.95 MSRP and is currently available for pre-order. The AIR Duo and AIR Pro do not have pricing announced yet. To receive updates on new AIR device products, please sign up for our email list.
What are the options for wholesale Purchasing and distribution opportunities?
As part of our sales development process, we are currently seeking distributors in the US and abroad. Please complete our Reseller Inquiry form, and a team member will reach out to assist with set-up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any other questions regarding distribution opportunities.