The Mark One HypaHelm must provide effective full-face protection. Although there are multiple design challenges, it will essentially use existing technology and not require any fundamental research. Think of a Mark One as a Bluetooth headset with a super-efficient controlled fan and a few plastic bits, it’s not that difficult.
This is an outline functional specification.
- Full face visibility
- Positive regulated internal pressure
- HEPA or similar filter cartridge,
- Possibly reusable filter after RFID certified sterilization
- Filter cartridge auto ejected.
- Lithium battery powered technology built into the helmet
- Anti-mist provision
- Painless two-way audio with environment and for mobile phone
- Comfortable adjustable helmet with a comfortable effective neck seal
- Provision for drinking tube with appropriate interlock
- Provision for hands-free safe decontamination and charging chest
- Provision for lightweight UV transparent clip-on decorative covers and partial cultural frontal panels.
- Suitable for immediate mass production
There are several examples of devices with similar functionality on the market from companies such as 3M or VYZR, but they are heavy expensive industrial devices that are not designed for the current mass-market virus protection requirements.
There also various University projects like Southampton University’s which stand a much better chance of getting to market with a serious scale if there is a well-developed ecosystem.