An Industrial Design and Technology student from Brunel University in West London has designed an air-filtering cycle helmet and respirator that will filter out contaminants.
|The Breathe Air personal respirator. Click to enlarge.|
Luke Pannell’s Breathe Air powered personal air respirator (PPAR) incorporates pleated particle filters with a tested 98.5% efficiency for particles three microns in size to handle particulate matter. A sheet of activated carbon cloth has also been integrated into the product to remove harmful organic vapors.
Breathe Air has a clear, polycarbonate shield that cups the user’s face but makes no contact with the skin. This system is possible due to the large amount of clean air that is blown over the cyclist’s face behind the shield, allowing him or her to breathe easily.
[Breathe Air is] a useful product for all cyclists in terms of maintaining healthy lungs. Concerns about pollution and personal safety stop people using this environmentally friendly form of transport. Combining a helmet with effective filtering will provide considerably more reassurance to people while cycling.—Stephen Green, lecturer at Brunel University’s School of Engineering and Design