LG ADDS MIC AND SPEAKERS TO ITS AIR-PURIFYING MASK, LAUNCHING NEXT MONTH

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LG has announced an updated version of its high-tech, air-purifying face mask, the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier.

The company hasn’t announced pricing or widespread availability, but says the PuriCare will launch in Thailand next month “with other markets to follow once approved by local regulators.”

LG first announced the mask last year, which uses replaceable air filters and built-in fans to filter the air.

LG says the new version has a smaller and lighter motor, as well as built-in microphones and speakers that amplify the wearer’s voice.

The latter technology, which LG is calling VoiceON, “automatically recognizes when users are talking and amplifies their voice through the built-in speaker.”

LG is not the first company to put this sort of voice-amplification tech in a face mask, with Razer’s Project Hazel mask offering a similar set-up.

Razer’s mask also has LED lighting.