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Hexa is a new, comprehensive super mask, developed to remove pollutants, smoke, allergens and other harmful substances from the air you breathe, while keeping you cool and refreshed.
Hexa is powered by twin turbo fans that can supply up to 150 liters of clean air per minute, alleviating stress on your lungs and quickly filtering thick smoke, dust, allergens and other airborne irritants. Paired with our custom air quality sensor and an app that monitors, tracks, and alerts you to unhealthy air, Hexa becomes a truly unstoppable clean air system.
It is the solution for anyone exposed to polluted air; commuters, motorists, athletes, allergy sufferers, and people with weakened immune systems will all benefit from a healthier, cleaner air supply.
Hexa dramatically reduces your exposure to harmful pollutants. This includes PM10 (coarse particles), PM2.5 (fine particles), allergens, exhaust, smoke, ozone, volatile organic compounds (VOC), odors, bacteria, and viruses.
Hexa not only cleans the air you breathe, it also monitors and tracks the air quality around you. With Hexa’s mobile app, air pollution alerts can be customized and delivered to your smart phone.
Air quality levels are also displayed through color-coded LED lights. With a quick glance, you can tell just how safe the air is. Hexa provides you with peace of mind whenever and wherever you need it.
Air pollution, particularly in urban areas, is a growing, global epidemic. The impact on health can be severe. Poor air quality is linked to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma. With 80% of people living in urban areas, where they are exposed to air pollution that exceeds safe limits, it was clear to us that a safe, personal solution was needed. That is why we created Hexa.
We had regular people try Hexa and compare it to other air filtration face masks on the market. Here's what they had to say:
Here's what the media has to say:
"[An] all encompassing solution for anyone exposed to polluted air including commuters, motorists, athletes and allergy sufferers." – Gadgetsandwearables.com
“Its comprehensive system makes it a personal clean air system engineered for superior airflow and unmatched protection.” – MusttechNews.com
"While climate change and pollution are still in dire need of being addressed and resolved, products like Hexa are working to safeguard people from some of the inevitable consequences these global issues will have." - TrendHunter
"If you or a loved one live or travel to areas with bad air quality (which likely includes many, if not most, readers of this article) - check it out." - Inc.
"冬天最可怕的是什麼，就是戴各種口罩都擋不住的霧霾，有一家新創公司Kool Mask推出一款可隔絕97% PM0.01，每分鐘產生150公升清凈空氣的IoT智能口罩HEXA，主要以三層構造清凈外部臟空氣，分別是高科技顆粒濾網、軍用級活性碳濾網及具有殺菌、抗菌能力的納米銀，能隔絕97% PM0.01，並阻擋82 %細菌與病毒." - XCN News
"同时，凭借专利技术打造的特殊结构，也让HEXA能快速排出口罩内部的湿气、二氧化碳，维持使用者舒爽，不像一般口罩让人有湿黏热温的不快感受。 除此之外，HEXA还可以随时监控周围空气质量，通过LED的颜色分级显示，利用手机APP向使用者发出警告，还可绘制空气品质地图，且能与亲朋好友分享这些信息." - Sohu.com
"二手菸、店家油煙、燒金紙、汽機車廢氣……一趟短短 30 分鐘的通勤，壟罩在各種不同的空氣污染之下，若要維護身體健康，就得從保障空氣品質做起才行；新創公司 Kool Mask 推出一款可隔絕 97% PM0.01，每分鐘產生 150 公升清淨空氣的 IoT 智慧口罩「HEXA」，售價約新台幣 3 千元" - Limitlessiq.com
"Hands down the best clean air supply mask" - Interesting Engineering
Hexa can remove up to 97% of air-borne particles as small as 0.01 microns in diameter. Hexa also blocks and deactivates up to 82% of bacteria and viruses.
Hexa’s proprietary filter provides three layers of protection with its high-tech particle filters and military-grade nano-silver carbon fabric.
Watch how quickly and effectively Hexa filters thick smoke:
Watch Hexa reduce the invisible airborne particle level to zero:
With our app, Hexa becomes more than just a personal clean air supply. It monitors and tracks the air quality around you and alerts you when the air becomes unhealthy and harmful.
Hexa’s smart control unit functions as both an air quality sensor and fan control. You can adjust your mask’s airflow as well as monitor the air around you. The smart control unit can be used independently, without connecting to the mask or battery.
Hexa’s smart control unit tracks both PM10 and PM2.5 particles and delivers data in real time to your smart phone.
Using U.S. EPA Air Quality Index (AQI) standards, our app monitors the density of airborne particulate matter in micrograms per cubic meter of air. This information is then reported using AQI color codes.
Watch Hexa's smart control unit work as an air quality sensor:
Hexa’s air quality app delivers real-time air pollution data to your smart phone and allows you to:
Set your personal alert levels
Track and map air pollution data
Share that data with family, friends and the Hexa community to help form a global air quality monitoring network.
Unlike air quality data provided by governmental or environmental bodies, our sensor detects the level of pollutants in a user’s immediate vicinity, providing specific, up-to-the-minute information. Users then have the option to share the data with Hexa's global air quality network, or send directly to their friends and family. The result? An air quality network that provides location-specific data mapped out to share with loved ones, the Hexa community, and the general public.
Hexa’s custom-made twin turbo fans can supply up to 150 liters of clean air per minute. Whether you’re walking, jogging, cycling, or running, in the city, country, or on a crowded subway, Hexa’s clean air system provides protection and enhanced access to clean air.
Our custom engineered fans create positive air pressure inside the mask, making breathing easy and safe.
Hexa’s patent-pending exhale air valve is the secret behind the mask’s cool, dry interior - a feature that really sets it apart. This high-efficiency exhale valve allows for the quick release of heat, moisture, and CO2, preventing excess build-up and providing lasting comfort.
Hexa's open honeycomb structure provides extra airflow and helps with heat dissipation, a major problem in other masks.
Hexa offers two ways to control your clean air supply. A standard control unit, and a smart control unit with a built-in air quality sensor.
Both control units can be used to adjust clean airflow continuously from 50 to 150 liters per minute and are easy and intuitive to use.
Hexa is fueled by a 5200 mAh mobile power bank with ultra-low resistance cables that can operate the mask up to eight hours, depending on fan speed. Using a mobile power bank increases safety while keeping weight to a minimum.
The mobile power bank works with either of Hexa's control units.
Here, our Chief Designer, Kip Nordby, discuss the design approach behind Hexa:
Hexa’s design philosophy is to achieve superior protection with superior functionality. We set out to design a personal clean air supply mask that would exceed your expectations in terms of performance, comfort, mobility, and style.
Hexa's modular clamping design makes it easy to open, change a filter, and close, while still protecting the fans and filter.
Hexa’s honeycomb design increases the available airflow, while achieving structural integrity and light weight.
Hexa's fan exhaust nozzles are directed away from the wearer's face to increase comfort and air circulation.
Hexa's triple-layer exhale valve is positioned in the path of your natural exhale, which keeps the mask cool and dry.
Hexa's medical-grade silicone face seal is designed to fit various facial characteristics and sizes, while still providing comfort and minimizing leaks.
We designed Hexa to work with an external power bank to increase your flexibility and safety, while reducing the weight of mask.
Choose from one of five color options, and show off your personality and style.
Follow the evolution of the mask design, from first hand-made prototype to our most recent 3D printed model.
We progressed through dozens of major design reiterations, prototypes, tests, and validations to achieve our goal of making the world's best personal clean air supply mask.
Watch Martin Caspe, our CTO, discuss the technical challenges of developing Hexa:
Custom-made fans achieve high static pressure and flow velocity with low noise level and thermal footprint.
Our fans have undergone almost as many revisions as the rest of the mask during their development.
At maximum airflow, Hexa's fans operate below skin temperature, which keeps the mask, and your face, cool.
Despite its high level of efficiency, Hexa is a quiet solution. At full speed, Hexa’s noise level is equivalent to normal conversation or the background noise of a restaurant, which is around 60 decibels.
During laboratory testing, Hexa's filter achieved up to 97% total filtration efficiency for airborne particulate matter:
Hexa's filter captured, retained and deactivated up to 85%, 99% and 98% of viruses in various laboratory tests:
Hexa is designed to be compliant with multiple international standards.
Watch Lauren Mikov, our Marketing Manager, discuss who will benefit from using Hexa:
Hexa is a versatile solution that provides you with cool protection, no matter your age or activity level.
Hexa is the first product designed by Koolmask, a Seattle-based tech start-up founded by Edward and his son Luke.
When living in Asia, Luke suffered from severe allergies and asthma caused by air pollution. Like most kids, he loves to play outside, but had to wear a face mask for all outdoor activities. However, Luke could barely keep the mask on for 10 minutes due to the discomfort caused by the excessive heat, moisture, and restricted breathing. Feeling frustrated and restricted, Luke wanted to have a mask that felt cool, looked cool, and would also protect him from air pollution.
They looked hard, but couldn’t find an adequate mask on the market, so they decided to develop their own. After two years of hard work and help from family and friends, Hexa has risen from an idea to a product, with multiple pending international patents.
Luke and Edward hope Hexa will help everyone suffering from the effects of air pollution enjoy normal, active lives.
We put Hexa to the test in early September when Seattle experienced the worst air pollution in the area’s recorded history. This pollution was caused by wildfires in Eastern Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, Canada.
In the following video clip you'll see how Hexa works and communicates with its air quality sensor in a real-world test. Near the end of the video you may notice that the particle count doesn't drop below 30, this is due to turbulence caused by the open chamber on the right.
In this clip, you can see just how quickly and effectively Hexa filters the smoky air in our office from the left chamber and delivers the clean air to the right chamber.
We need your help to bring Hexa to life, spread the word, and grow the community of early adopters. We want to engage amazing backers here and get your input to make our product even better, so that more people can enjoy healthy and active lives with our products!
Risks and challenges
As the first of its kind, Hexa has many unique benefits and challenges in terms of design, engineering, and manufacturing.
We have done and will do our best to minimize the risk for our backers. We have gone through more than one dozen design iterations and completed four generations of prototypes. In addition, we have selected key suppliers for our major components, as well as tooling suppliers and contract manufacturers. Our mobile app has gone through 15 test versions and is on track to be released on time.
Our team is experienced in design, manufacturing, and supply chain management and we are confident that we can meet our timelines. However, unexpected delays can occur due to manufacturing issues, logistics, and other issues. We will do our best to be as transparent as possible and keep you informed, and work hard to resolve any hurdles as they may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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