21 Apr 2022

Look who’s talking

A transparent face mask that allows deaf people to communicate and also protects them by filtering air has won a design award. Clear plastic masks can help lip readers but often fog up or reflect light in a way that makes communication difficult.

The 12˚ Mask was inspired by jet fighters and is made of flat planes and low protrusion surfaces that cut down the amount of reflection and give a better view of the wearer’s face and mouth. It also includes an H13 HEPA filter which can be replaced daily and helps to improve breathability and protection from viruses.

The mask was designed by Albert Ko and Ian Wong from Lingnan University in Hong Kong and was named as one of the winners of the Good Design Award.

Submissions are now open for the next awards, which celebrate innovative products and designs.