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Smart Masks for COVID-19

Prize: 16,000€

Status: Completed

Background

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare sector and other industries demand solutions that allow people to go back to work without putting their health at risk.

In addition to COVID-19, there are other working environments with potential risks associated with the inhalation of damaging elements like dust in construction or mining, or spray paint in the industry, etc.

The Challenge

In today’s market, there are available masks with different levels of protection according to their filtration characteristics. N95, FFP2 and FFP3 are the mask models that offer a higher degree of protection against COVID-19 although not completely (the virus is too small). However, these are very uncomfortable to wear since they make breathing difficult and are too warm. 

For this reason, some workers end up not using the masks all the time or, even worse, not using them.

Another problem is that most of the masks are disposable, which generates a great amount of waste. The reason is that the material of the masks (nonwoven fabric) cannot be disinfected at 60ºC for 30 minutes since it negatively affects the mask fitting.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a new reusable and more efficient mask model that complies with the specifications of the N95, FFP2 or FFP3 models. It needs to be efficient against the COVID-19 and helpful for effort-intensive jobs. 

In this sense, the mask may generate a small overpressure during inspiration while filtering or decontaminating the exhaled air.

It is also very important that the mask is comfortable to wear. Bear in mind size, weight, fitting, interior temperature, etc.

The submissions will be positively evaluated if they include some extra characteristics:

  • Reusable, washable or disinfectable mask to reduce or eliminate the need for replacement.
  • The mask should warm up the inhaled air when it is too cold.
  • Other smart functionalities like the measurement of breaths per minute, body temperature, etc.

ennomotive foresees two potential approaches for this challenge:

  • The design of a new mask.
  • The design of an accessory that can be integrated to most existing fabric masks.

Evaluation Criteria

The solutions will be evaluated according to the following evaluation criteria, (in this order of importance):

  • Air quality: ability to filter out or kill the virus when the air comes in or out.
  • Comfort: size, weight, simplicity, interior temperature.
  • Fitting: The mask should have a very good fit for the face and eliminate the risk of untreated air coming in.
  • Easy to clean / sterilize to be reused.
  • Cost.
  • Duration per use, without replacements or recharges (in case there is a device involved).
  • Robust design.

Deliverables

This is a 1-round challenge:

Please submit a PDF file including the following information:

  • Brief description of the solution, including a short specification of the components, materials, weight and user instructions.
  • Duration per use and cleaning / sterilization proceeding.
  • Approximate cost per unit.

Please submit a structured description of your solution, avoid long texts, and include an index and lists.

Support your solution with images, sketches, and diagrams. This will help us achieve a better understanding of your proposed solution.

Timeline

This is a one-round challenge with the following deadlines: 4 weeks + 6 weeks for evaluation

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