Masks are everywhere. Reusable masks. Disposable masks. N95s and face shields and helmets. We’ve seen them all. But which ones actually work?
We recently sat down with BBC to talk about the current influx of high-tech helmets coming to the market. We were honored to be included in this story and have the chance to share our perspective. While we don’t believe helmets will become mainstream, we were admittedly impressed by the creators of these new helmets.
“Helmets have the advantage that they show people’s faces,” said OCTO Safety Devices co-founder Natasha Duwin. “You can see smiles and human expressions, and have a very strong sense of security.”
However, a sharp look doesn’t equate to full protection. We love seeing innovation in this field, but these gadgets fall short after looking beyond the surface. Simply put, they aren’t a practical, sustainable, or safe long-term answer to help protect people and provide access to clean air.
“Yet because each one of these helmets depends on at least two filtration systems, batteries and [other things], all these items can break down. And if only one of them breaks down, you are in serious trouble,” added Duwin.
We also explained that helmets need to be thoroughly cleaned before each use. Sanitizing or sterilizing these helmets is no simple task, whereas our OCTO Respirator Mask (ORM) can be sterilized simply by boiling the entire mask.
Most people only need a small, fitted respirator mask that meets the certified quality standard in any given country. Respirator masks have inbuilt filters – ORM’s filter is bonded with silver and starts killing pathogens on contact – and fits better, works more effectively, and helps save your life and the lives of those around you.
We began our journey with ORM before the COVID-19 pandemic even existed, because there are plenty of other needs for respirator masks beyond the immediate crisis. ORM was designed to fix the 28 known issues with traditional respirator masks, and we’ve succeeded in protecting people all over the United States and internationally since launching this year.
You don’t need to become an earth astronaut walking around with a helmet every time you go outside. You can live life more freely and safely with ORM.
Read the full BBC story here and stay tuned for exciting new developments coming in the very near future!