The A.I.R Solo is the first of the patent-pending Antimicrobial Irradiation Respirator devices, a line of wearable UVGI face masks developed by Oracle Lighting. Worn under any common face mask, the Solo device uses a state-of-the-art system to simultaneously neutralize contaminants trapped in the user's cloth face mask and to disinfect the incoming air with the aid of short-wave ultraviolet (UVC) LED light exposure. This device is available to pre-order now and will be shipping late-July 2020.
HQ Location: Metairie, LA
Inventors: Justin Hartenstein and Troy Organo
Press Releases & Press Mentions
Latest - June 18, 2020
"A New Weapon in the COVID-19 Battle:
A.I.R. Solo™ Virus Killing UV-Light Face Mask"
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MPN Staff. (2020, May 18). ORACLE Lighting Develops Virus Neutralizing UV-Light Face Mask for Consumer/Medical Use. Motorcycle & Powersports News.
Murphy, Paul. (2020, May 19). Mask developed in Metairie uses UV light to to stop coronavirus. CBS 4WWLTV.
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ABOUT A.I.R. Solo
The original A.I.R. Device, the A.I.R. Solo functions to eliminate live viruses, pathogens, bacterium, or other microorganisms trapped in filter masks while all sterilizing the inhaled and exhaled air. Worn under any mask (N95, surgical, cloth, etc), the device offers a secondary layer of protection for both the wearer and any surrounding people.
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 A.I.R. device, implemented ultraviolet lighting would neutralize the remaining five percent while sanitizing the contaminated mask at the same time.
World's First UVGI Disinfecting Mask
Designed in the United States of America
Patent Pending Technology
Proven UV-C Effectiveness Against COVID-19
UV lighting has been used for years to sterilize lab and medical equipment and to purify water, and this mask makes that technology wearable. The irradiation of the light utilizes photons to perform these functions. Wavelengths between 200-300 nanometers, such as the LEDs utilized in the A.I.R. Device, provide the most effective germicidal function. This is because the wavelength of UV-C irradiation utilizes photons to inactivate the virus which prevents the cell from replicating and infecting the body if inhaled.
The A.I.R.’s UV-C LED emitters are integrated into the airflow partition of the device which is designed to scrub the air and sterilize the cloth mask simultaneously. The light is oriented in a way that the filter (cloth face mask, N95, surgical mask, etc.) has a long exposure to the UV light which disinfects and kills biological material trapped in the filter material.
Why a Face Covering Alone is Not Enough 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 shown that these pathogens can still be spread in the washing cycle and can contaminate other laundry in the process.
The Safety of UV Light Near the Face 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 A.I.R. 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.
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“Consumers need better assurance to be confident that they will not be exposed. The A.I.R. Device will neutralize that remaining five percent while sanitizing the contaminated mask at the same time. Studies have shown that respiratory pathogens on the outer surface of cloth masks can actually result in self-contamination, which is exactly what they are intended to prevent. Because of this, we see the unique UV irradiation benefits of the A.I.R. device as the best sanitization scenario for helping to mitigating exposure to COVID-19 and other viruses.” -Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of product development
“The A.I.R. device is composed of a small cover made of an anti-microbial polymer which is worn on the face and attached with straps similar to a traditional face mask. The user wears a traditional face mask (cloth mask, surgical mask, N95, etc.) over the device. A small rechargeable battery pack powers the device and can be manually turned on and off by the user. In addition to the anti-germicidal LEDs, the device also contains UV-A LEDs which provide a wider light spectrum and visible light. The visible UV-A LED functions as an indicator that the device is on and working but provides minimal anti-microbial benefits.” -Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of product development.
“We are all familiar with the CDC statement ‘Your mask protects me; my mask protects you.' The A.I.R. Solo provides protection against viruses for both the user and others. High-risk individuals cannot simply rely on others to respect their health safety. The Solo provides benefits to the user while also sanitizing outgoing air to protect others. While this product is beneficial for high-risk individuals, it is for anyone going into a higher-risk environment such as public transportation, flying, or even for simply going to the grocery store.” -Troy Organo, The A.I.R. Device Co-Inventor