With the COVID-19 epidemic currently unfolding, many have started wearing masks in public for protection. To make things a bit more interesting, Chelsea Klukas of Lumen Couture has created one that lights up with various LED patterns and words, and can even graph out volume levels as a VU meter.
Klukas' mask is made with a solid piece of cotton backing, along with another layer of semi-sheer material on top to form a semi-tranparent pocket. Inside of this is inserted a flexible LED array that takes care of displaying the selected pattern. The device is controlled by a smartphone app over Bluetooth, and toward the end of the video below, she decides to draw and upload a mouth for it, which seems both natural and quite humorous at the same time.
If you don’t have the appropriate sewing skills to make your own, or would simply like to buy one, they’re for sale here on Lumen Couture. Klukas is quick to note that this is more of a novelty item, and that it’s “not tested for medical efficiency nor does it make claims for medical protection.” On the other hand, she will donate 60% of profits from the sale to the WHO COVID-19 response fund, so whether directly effective or not, you’ll be making a small difference either way.