The Pattern Breathe mask, created by Sendinaden is meant to improve the public’s breathing by use of a 3D printed mask and feedback app that tracks the user’s breathing patterns and habits.
We breathe 15 to 25 thousand times per day. But the quality of every breath is rarely the same every day. Around the world, people use mindfulness exercises, meditation and breathing techniques. But habits are difficult to change.
“When our breath is too shallow, or too fast, we increasingly harm our energy levels, damage our sleep and decrease our decision-making abilities. On top of that we make our existing stress levels worse, with all the problems that follow”, sais David Hartmann, founder of Sendinaden. “Stress and breathing are highly interconnected,” he explains. “When we breathe too fast or too shallow we add to the existing stress in our bodies. This can cause serious health problems. It’s a two-way relationship. When we breathe well, we reduce the stress on our body from outside influences. We make better decisions at work and we sleep better. Good breathing is the cornerstone of a healthy and happy life.”
By encouraging a person to wear the mask during their commute, or an athlete during training, they want to help people to change their breathing habits to decrease stress or build better sports performance.
Breathing: Now There’s An App For That
Sendinaden will start a crowdfunding campaign at the end of October. They offer a two-part system.
First, there‘s the beathing mask – a new type of “wearable”. The mask has different components, ranging from the 3D printed casing, front panel and strap to the encapsulated electronics hidden inside.
“Wearable technology represents a completely different paradigm that is best served by 3D printing,” remarks David. “We see a consumer experience where you walk into a retail outlet, get a Pattern Breathe Mask curated and customised for you, go shopping and come back 45 minutes later to pick up your finished 3D printed mask.”
Sendinaden’s Pattern Breathe Masks uses Polymaker polycarbonate filaments to print. The strap which holds the mask to a user’s face is printed with PolyFlex, a material that has good flexibility yet is easy to print, holds the mask firmly in place while providing good comfort to wearers.
The casing and front panel are both printed in PolyMax PLA, a unique PLA material that is extremely tough and durable while still safe on skin.
Secondly, there’s a smartphone app, which analyses and quantifies the data streaming in from the mask. Sendinaden believes that people worldwide are curious about their breathing patterns and wish to assess their behaviour with a tool that provides them accurate and detailed feedback.
Do you thing you need this kind of 3D printed gadget? We’ll sit, meditate (without a mask), take a deep breath and keep you updated.
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