2 Birmingham companies creating unique, custom face masks

A face mask that doesn’t fog up my glasses? Yes please! Photo via SLEEVZ Mask on Facebook

Wallet, keys, phone… and mask. Yep, looks like I’ve got everything I need to go out! If you’re looking to spice up your mask game, two Birmingham companies are creating unique face masks. Learn more!

OBEX Health

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Throughout the pandemic, I’ve purchased several different types of face masks—some that wrap around my head, some that attach at the ears, etc. But each one has squished my nose and caused me to fog up my sunglasses. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem!

That’s where OBEX Health comes in. Led by Forrest Satterfield of Satterfield Technologies, OBEX Heath is developing 3D-printed, comfortable and reusable N-95 face masks. And they’re getting traction—in fact, OBEX Health recently won $37,500 in funding at Reignite Alabama on August 27.

So how does it work? Well, customers can either set up an appointment with OBEX Health to take a 3D scan of their face, or use an iPhone X or newer model to download the Bellus3D Face App from the App Store and scan their face themselves. Then, OBEX Health 3D prints the mask. Each mask has a slot to swap out filters, and you can choose from a ton of unique designs.

“Since each mask is custom-made, they are comfortable to wear and don’t fog up your glasses. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and designs. They’re just like designer shoes—serving a functional purpose, but stylish at the same time. 

Forrest Satterfield, OBEX Health, CEO

SLEEVZ

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Although I typically wear contacts, the few times I’ve worn glasses with my face mask have made it even harder for me to see—which is impressive, because I just learned that my 20/400 vision is technically legally blind. Oh well.

Luckily for me and other wearers of glasses, Mountain Brook couple Scott Joe and Julie Bernstein are hard at work creating their own unique face masks, SLEEVZ. The couple specifically designed their face masks to work with glasses—not against them.

The mask attaches to the arms of the eyeglasses, allowing the mask to extend up inside the lenses—keeping out the moisture that causes fogging. Think of it as a face curtain for your glasses! Okay, maybe not my best metaphor.

Which face mask system would you like to try? Tag us @bhamnow and let us know!

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