While smart face masks already exist, they’re usually only destined for industrial use without medical certification. In the face of COVID-19, the need for smart medical face masks is rising quickly.
Research and innovation lab Holst Centre got to work and developed the core technology for a smart, medically certified mask. Now, it is partnering with Forcit Benelux, an innovation and development facility in Flanders, to finalize the design of the mask and bring it to market.
According to Jacobs, founder of Forcit Benelux, the biggest challenge lies in processing the digital mask into a washable and pliable product that can be used daily. To this end, Forcit is engaging with Tenco DDM, a company from Flanders experienced in special coatings.