LG has announced an update to its air purifying mask, adding a mic and speaker to the hi-tech accessory that was first launched last year.
The newer version of the LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier will have a smaller motor as well as a microphone and speaker to enhance the user's voice.
According to LG, this new technology called VoiceON “automatically recognizes when users are talking and amplifies their voice through the built-in speaker.”
The silicone mask uses replaceable air filters and fans to filter air — whether used to address pollution or the pandemic — though LG does not claim that this mask protects against COVID-19.
The pricing of the enhanced gadget has not been announced, but LG said it will first launch in Thailand in August before being sold in other markets pending approval from regulators.
The current version of LG's Puricare is also not available in the U.S. at the moment. The Hill has reached out to LG for more information on its latest mask and if it will be sold in the U.S.
Wearing masks in public has become commonplace throughout much of the world since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance earlier this year that stated vaccinated people could go without masks in most situations both indoors and outdoors.
However, a recent rise in new COVID-19 cases has caused some local governments to reinstate mask mandates as the more infectious delta variant continues to spread throughout the U.S.
Health experts have stressed that unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.