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Respiray: Revolutionising the Way We Fight Viruses
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Respiray: Revolutionising the Way We Fight Viruses

Respiray’s mission is to protect people’s health by transforming the way we currently fight harmful bacteria and viruses. 

The product is an ergonomic, wearable air purifier which uses UV-C technology to disinfect the air we breathe protecting without the need to cover our faces.

The Story So Far

Respiray is an Estonian tech company founded in spring 2020 by Aleksandr Frorip, Robert Arus, and Indrek Neivelt.

The company emerged from the research and development company, Ldiamon – a business boasting over 15 years’ experience in developing and manufacturing UV-C LED sensors for medical applications.

The impetus for the founders came when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and it became apparent the world lacked sufficient protective equipment.

They believed UV technology could not just upgrade the ordinary face mask but make it more effective and sustainable.

UV-C LED technology has been proven to be highly effective against viruses which is why the founders thought it should be used to build a next-generation wearable air purifier.

The team of experts and scientists began working on a high-tech face mask alternatives to eliminate the need to cover a face or restrict breathing. 

They designed the product with occupations like teaching in mind to help them communicate better whilst staying protected from any respiratory viruses and their mutations. 

Respiray devices are perfectly suited for retail, office, hospitality and education environments where communication is vital. Photo credit: Egon Ligi

How Does it Solve the Problem?

Respiray offers a unique hybrid solution to respiratory disease protection.

The design consists of two parts; a personal air purifier that takes in unfiltered air, runs it through the UV disinfection module, and blows virus-free air to the front of the wearer’s face and, a detachable visor.

Offering extra protection and peace of mind when visiting crowded, poorly ventilated, or enclosed indoor environments.​ 

The device purifies up to 55 litres of air per minute — up to 4x more than an average resting human breathes.

Respiray’s UV-C disinfection modules can even purify an entire room and has been independently tested by the University of Tartu and the University of Lodz, where they achieved over 99% effectiveness at inactivating various viruses and bacteria.

How Will Respiray Improve Our Lives?

This new level of protection is a game changer. Especially for workers whose jobs require lots of in person interaction.

The unique design allows for communication, but not at the expense of safety. Making Respiray perfectly suited for education, office, hospitality, and retail environments.

The innovative wearable air purifier eliminates 99% of viruses and bacteria by disinfecting inhaled air with safe UV technology, providing immediate protection against respiratory viruses and their mutations, including seasonal flu. 

This could be essential at improving the attendance of students, which plummeted during the Covid-19 pandemic because of how easily transmissible illness is through schools.

sTARTUp Day business festival used Respiray’s wearable air purifiers at their matchmaking area. Photo credit: Kert Kruusakivi

What Does the Future Hold?

Respiray are redefining what personal air purification can be whilst saving lives.

With clients already including the Estonian Ministry of Education & Research, Nasdaq listed companies, hotels across Estonia and other private companies across 14 European countries, we are certain to be seeing a lot more of Respiray in the future.

To find out more check out their website and follow them on Twitter!

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