When mask-wearing became required due to COVID-19, I empathized with the doctors and nurses who have always had to wear the itchy and hard-to-breath face covering. Realizing that face coverings will always be uncomfortable no matter what material or design, I thought to make masks easy to take on and off so catching my breath in a grocery store would be effortless.
What it does
Auto Mask features an eye shield to protect from infected saliva, touchless control to minimize bacteria transfer from hands, and even a sneeze detector! An electrode on the abdomen activates the mask just in time to catch a cough or sneeze.
How I built it
I designed the 3D printed headpiece and combined the Arduino microcontroller with an ultrasonic sensor, muscle sensor, and a pair of servo motors.