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Product Designer, Artist, & Creative Technologist

Design & Technology


SERO Mask is a futuristic wearable design that offers the capability to conduct COVID tests directly through the mask itself. This mask not only serves as a protective face mask but also incorporates advanced features that enable COVID testing while being worn, providing a seamless and convenient experience. This approach eliminates the need for separate testing procedures, streamlining the process and ensuring greater accessibility to testing. Through its intelligent design and advanced filtration systems, the mask effectively minimizes the risk of transmission, providing peace of mind and safeguarding the wearer and those around them.

Futuristic Wearable Design


Spec Science for Design Fiction


Ishraq Ashtarian, Nicholas D'Angelo, Nanwei Cai, Oliver Hoegh


The project is driven by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the need for more accessible, convenient testing options.

  • Limitations of Traditional Tests: Swab tests can be uncomfortable, and delays between testing and results can contribute to the virus's spread.

  • Key Features:

    • Wearable COVID testing for fast detection.

    • CRISPR-powered sensor technology.

    • Clear LED result display.

    • High-grade filtration for ongoing protection.

  • Target Audience: Health-conscious individuals, frontline workers, travelers – highlight the convenience factor.

SERO Mask: The Future of COVID Protection
  • Vision: The mask itself becomes a testing device, offering a seamless experience that allows for immediate detection.

  • Cross-Disciplinary Concept: This project merges wearable design, filtration technology, and advanced biological detection (CRISPR).

Futuristic Solution: Wearable Testing
  • Conceptual Sketching: Early renderings likely focus on how to integrate CRISPR-based sensor elements into a mask form while maintaining wearability and safety.

  • LED Indicator: A simple visual communication mechanism for displaying test results.

  • Filtration Focus: The mask, even without the testing component, must still offer high-level protection, requiring the selection of appropriate materials.

Design & Technology Integration
  • Sensor Development: The core challenge lies in miniaturizing CRISPR technology to fit within the mask and ensuring it works with saliva/airborne particles. (This may be primarily conceptual at this stage).

  • Wearability Testing: Comfort and breathability will be crucial.

  • Refined UI: The LED display needs to be unambiguous (color change, blinking, etc.) for clear positive/negative results.

Prototyping & Usability
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