Smartphone-connected face mask designer wins MIT prize

A smartphone-connected face mask equipped with a sensor that detects COVID-19 particles designed by a Romanian engineer won the top prize at a contest from MIT Media Lab, the Calvert Journal reported.

The MIT’s pandemic response lab launched this contest asking engineers and designers to come up with creative responses that reimagine face coverings and personal protective equipment.

The “social mask” – as called by his creator – is a minimalist and transparent mask featuring a biosensor that can connect to a smartphone, “a real option for the future,” said the award-winning designer, Burzo Ciprian.

Thanks to an app directly connected to the hi-tech mask, users would be able to detect the number of COVID-19 particles around them and to estimate their risk of infection, as well as localising other users of the device around them, according to the Calvert Journal.
“We should know who is infected in
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How a jewelry designer went in just 3 years from launching her startup from her dorm room with $25k to partnering with Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote

a close up of a woman: Shilpa Yarlagadda, cofounder of Shiffon. Shiffon

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Shilpa Yarlagadda, cofounder of Shiffon. Shiffon

  • Shilpa Yarlagadda, 24, is the cofounder of fine jewelry line Shiffon. 
  • The brand is known for its spiral pinky rings, which represent the pinky promise to support and empower women. 
  • When she founded the business just three years ago, Yarlagadda had only $25,000 in startup capital, most of it from a grant won in her high-school days.
  • Earlier this month, Shiffon teamed up with When We All Vote Foundation, co-chaired by Michelle Obama, to launch special edition hoop earrings that represent the hoops women had to jump through to get equal rights. 
  • In an interview with Business Insider, Yarlagadda talks about her career journey, the importance of mentorship, and her collaboration with the When We All Vote Foundation. 
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When Shilpa Yarlagadda was in between her freshman and sophomore years at Harvard, she

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