Southfield’s Redcliffe Medical has launched a transparent face mask called Leaf with N99+ HEPA-carbon filtration, powered by optional UV self-sterilization and active ventilation. It is made of optical grade, soft, fire-retardant, self-defogging, and UV proof silicone.
“Leaf was designed to be the gold standard in the face mask in Covid-19,” says Alex Lightman, co-founder of Leaf. “It’s 2020, and we now have a mask that looks and acts fully modern. It fundamentally changes our ability to defend ourselves from pathogens and pollution while enabling society to see who we are dealing with and to keep masks on while using face unlock biometrics.”
The product also is offered in translucent and solid colors with three variants: HEPA, UV and PRO. The transparent mask allows users to unlock their phones using face recognition technology without removing the mask.
Leaf-HEPA has HEPA filtration, with 99.9997 percent filtration. Leaf-UV includes a high-performance contained UV-C sterilization built into the rechargeable filter housing, killing pathogens at DNA level. Its active-carbon filtration eliminates odors and organic substances. Active sterilization makes the filter last for up to a month. Leaf-PRO senses users’ metabolism and particle count on the included Air-Manager smartphone app, which automatically controls the sterilization and ventilation system.
“It’s the right tech at the right time,” says Lalit Verma, co-founder. “While the world is hit by the COVID-19 crisis, rapid adoption of opaque face masks is threatening social security and public surveillance, and Leaf’s transparency is key to secure scalable protection.”
The Leaf design is patent pending. The masks are available here and are part of a startup fundraising campaign here. Leaf’s Globe series, a stripped-down version of Leaf designed for mass deployments, is available for bulk orders. Leaf’s Geolock series is another patent pending tamper-proof series that allows masks to be installed and removed at secure locations for contained transit of potentially infected individuals.
Written by Grace Turner for dBusiness magazine.