A team of researchers at Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology, Bangalore have developed a cup-shaped design (patent filed) of the mask that helps to create enough space in front of the mouth while speaking. With the increase of active COVID cases in India and other countries, usage of face masks has been advised for the general public and demand for it is rising. While there are popular masks such as N95 are available in the market, it has always been problem for the general public to put on a mask for long hours. CeNS’s new ergonomic mask, as per the researcher team, claim to solve the various issues face in wearing mask for long hours.
CeNS has filed patent for the newly designed mask. The mask features a snug fit which will have no speech distortion, no fogging on glasses, and indeed, packs well all around, leaving practically no room for leakage while breathing. Another important advantage is its high breathability allowing one to wear it without any discomfort.
Further, the researchers have chosen the fabric layers such that there is a possibility of deactivating pathogens sheerly by the electric charges that may prevail under mild friction due to the triboelectric nature of the fabric. These advanced-level tests are being carried out.
CeNS has transferred this technology to Camellia Clothing Ltd., a Bangalore based garment company, for mass production. The company wishes to produce and sell around one lakh mask per day through different distribution channels throughout India.