A company has made the world’s first UV powered “smart” face mask that can clean itself. In addition to the N99+ HEPA filter, which means it blocks 99.99997% 0.3-micron particles, the LEAF Mask also features self-sanitizing technology to destroy bacteria and viruses at the push of a button using clinically proven UV-C sterilizing technology.

A company has made the world’s first UV powered “smart” face mask that can clean itself. Featuring an aerospace-grade HEPA filter, 100% reusable and recyclable materials, and a minimal transparent design, the LEAF Mask offers high-performance filtration against dangerous airborne viruses and pollutants. In addition to the N99+ HEPA filter, which blocks 99.99997% 0.3-micron particles, the LEAF Mask also features self-sanitizing technology to destroy bacteria and viruses, using clinically proven UV-C sterilizing technology. This destroys bacteria and viruses, making it safer than paper and fabric masks. The active UV sterilization of the filters also allows them to be used for up to one month, resulting in less waste and damage to our environment. The mask’s exterior is also treated with a hydrophobic and anti-microbial nanocoating that destroys 99.99% of microbes it comes into contact with and means water droplets slide right off.

Meanwhile, the LEAF Mask’s interior surfaces are coated with a permanent hydrophobic coating with titanium oxide nanoparticles that gives them long-term anti-fogging and self-cleaning capabilities. However, the most immediately apparent feature of the LEAF Mask is the fact it’s transparent. This was a focus for the designers who wanted to develop a mask that provided protection but didn’t hide the wearer’s face. This means you don’t have to remove the mask to unlock your phone using facial recognition, or when entering high-security buildings. You can even maintain protection when going through passport control and customs. LEAF Mask comes in four different sizes for that perfect fit: 55 mm (height and width) for kids aged three to eight, 65 mm for kids aged seven to twelve, 85 mm for teens or adults with smaller faces, and 115 mm for adults with larger faces. The mask is also suitable for those with beards and mustaches. You can also customize your mask by choosing from a variety of colors to match with the intake chin cover!

—Reuters