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Timo Luukkonen, Ashley Colley, Tapio Seppänen, and Jonna Häkkilä. 2021. Cough Activated Dynamic Face Visor. In Augmented Humans Conference 2021 (AHs'21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 295–297. DOI:

Cough activated dynamic face visor

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Author: Luukkonen, Timo1; Colley, Ashley1; Seppänen, Tapio2;
Organizations: 1University of Lapland Rovaniemi, Finland
2University of Oulu Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-21


In this demo, we present a cough activated face visor, where the transparent visor screen moves to cover the wearer’s face when coughing sounds are detected. The cough detection is performed by a TinyML machine learning model, running on a microcontroller integrated to the visor’s headband. We make no claims regarding the direct impact of our prototype in preventing the spread of Covid-19, but hope it inspires discussion on future smart solutions in the area of personal protective equipment (PPE). Additionally, we note that visibility of the visor’s operation potentially encourages observers to adopt preventative measures such as hygiene practices and social distancing.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-8428-5
Pages: 295 - 297
DOI: 10.1145/3458709.3459000
Host publication: Proceedings of the Augmented Humans Conference 2021, AHs 2021
Conference: Augmented Humans Conference
Type of Publication: B3 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This research has been supported by Business Finland ’Smart Social Distancing’ and the Academy of Finland ’TechFashion’ projects.
Copyright information: © 2021 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceedings of the Augmented Humans Conference 2021, AHs 2021,