Smart Face Mask Based on an Ultrathin Pressure Sensor for Wireless Monitoring of Breath Conditions

Junwen Zhong, Zhaoyang Li, Masahito Takakuwa, Daishi Inoue, Daisuke Hashizume, Zhi Jiang, Yujun Shi, Lexiang Ou, Md Osman Goni Nayeem, Shinjiro Umezu, Kenjiro Fukuda*, Takao Someya*

*Corresponding author for this work

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A smart face mask that can conveniently monitor breath information is beneficial for maintaining personal health and preventing the spread of diseases. However, some challenges still need to be addressed before such devices can be of practical use. One key challenge is to develop a pressure sensor that is easily triggered by low pressure and has excellent stability as well as electrical and mechanical properties. In this study, a wireless smart face mask is designed by integrating an ultrathin self-powered pressure sensor and a compact readout circuit with a normal face mask. The pressure sensor is the thinnest (totally compressed thickness of ≈5.5 µm) and lightest (total weight of ≈4.5 mg) electrostatic pressure sensor capable of achieving a peak open-circuit voltage of up to ≈10 V when stimulated by airflow, which endows the sensor with the advantage of readout circuit miniaturization and makes the breath-monitoring system portable and wearable. To demonstrate the capabilities of the smart face mask, it is used to wirelessly measure and analyze the various breath conditions of multiple testers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2107758
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb 10


  • breath monitoring
  • face masks
  • self-powered devices
  • ultrathin materials
  • wireless operation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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