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MicroClimate

Introduction

MicroClimate is a new wearable that creates a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment for the individual.  The device also protects surrounding bystanders from the person wearing the device.

 

MicroClimate may be used whenever a personal, separate climate is needed: 

  1. Maintain normal activities during a pandemic.

  2. Travelling on a plane or other mass transit. 

  3. As a courtesy to others when feeling ill.

  4. When air pollution levels are high.

  5. Visiting the sick or immune compromised.

  6. When pollen count is high.

The Breakthrough

Michael Hall envisioned a new wearable while skiing with his family in the mountains of Utah.  As he spoke with his children on the lift, he could not see their faces.  They were obstructed by ski masks, goggles, and other clothing.  This equipment quickly gets wet, cold, and gross.  He envisioned a new kind of wearable that would create a “Micro climate” around the head.

Michael made some early prototypes, fitting them with thermocouples, gas analyzers, and other instrumentation to prove out the ventilation and sealing.  David Hall, Chairman, quickly saw the potential of MicroClimate beyond cold weather applications.  He helped the team pivot to include health and air quality considerations.

The Technology

MicroClimate utilizes a variety of technologies to creates a clean air environment around the head. Fans are used on both the intake and exhaust.  This keeps the pressure inside the device neutral, allowing the seal pressure to be very low.  The neck seal has the feel of clothing.

Lightweight, durable polycarbonate allows a full view of the face, which is critical for communication.   The user can wear glasses, makeup, etc. without interference. 

The device is supported by the top head, like a hat.  This design allows normal head articulation, the head can move independent of the neck, without disturbing the seal. 

Lithium Ion batteries and high efficiency brushless motors allow up to 12 hours of use on a charge. 

 

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