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Postdoctoral dad develops anti-smog mask for kids  

博士后因女儿雾霾天无口罩可戴 组团研发儿童口罩

2014-03-10 10:59 Ecns.cn Web Editor: Gu Liping
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(ECNS) -- A father doing postdoctoral research at Tsinghua University has set up a volunteer group to develop an anti-smog mask for children, as no masks are available for his three-year-old daughter, the Beijing News reported.

Hou Yanlin, the postdoctoral fellow, said his daughter longed to play outside even on heavy smog days.

Hou said he once adapted a mask to fit his daughter's face, but she "wouldn't put it back on after wearing it for several minutes. It was uncomfortable and made her look she had a beak."

Last December, Hou recruited a group of volunteers from among his friends, most of whom have the same problem.

They have finished a preliminary design, which will undergo clinical testing until the end of this month.

Hou said they will apply for a patent and manufacture and sell the masks through crowdfunding. They also plan to manage the program as a non-profit organization.

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