College students innovate smart automated anti-pollution mask for asthmatic, chronic respiratory patients

CAELI’ a smart automated anti-pollution mask to improve the quality of life for respiratory patients

In the wake of rising air pollution and subsequent challenges for people with respiratory issues, a group of college students have innovated an anti-pollution mask.

Three students of computer science department of Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies, Faridabad, under the mentorship of Umesh Dutta, deputy director, Manav Rachna Innovation and Incubation Centre have developed this mask named ‘Caeli’ (a latin word for air) for patients suffering from asthmatic and chronic respiratory disorders.

This mask is equipped with an air filter unit to filter the PM 2.5 particulate matters and has a drug delivery inlet which will act as inlet to deliver medicine to the person wearing the mask. For proper flow of air into the mask, a battery operated centrifugal fan unit is also  incorporated. The mask has ergonomic design and is easy to wear without any discomfort.  

“Caeli has features to improve the quality of life for  respiratory patients living in polluted areas. It has been developed at the 24X7 Innovation and Incubation Centre of Manav Rachna (MRIIC),” said Umesh Dutta while talking to Education Times.

Vasu Kaushik, Aakash Bhadana, and Bharat Sundal who are in sixth semester of their BTech in Computer Science at the institute innovated this mask which paved their way for winner position in the 2019 Microsoft Imagine Cup Asia regional finals held in Sydney earlier this month. The is an international technology and innovation competition. 

The team was given incubation support and an initial capital around Rs50000 from the institute.

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