Singapore first “Petit” mask protects women and children from PM2.5

Children’s lungs are are more susceptive to the harmful effect of airborne particles call PM2.5. Air pollution can be a real concern for children staying in polluted cities such as Beijing, Delhi, Jakarta, or Manila.

Singapore based Totobobo Pte. Ltd. introduced a new pollution mask specially designed for women and children. The new “Petit” mask (TT-02) comes with an innovative system to ensure a good face seal and protection.

Water Mark Seal Check of Totobobo UNIFit system
Water Mark Seal Check of Totobobo UNIFit system

Quality of the face seal is essential for the effectiveness of protection against air pollution such as PM2.5. However, it is often overlooked due to lack of simple and accurate method to check the seal. A study of 1500 fit-tests of 10 popular models of N95 masks on 50 men and women by Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University in China, discovered that over 90% of the tests failed due to poor face seal. This suggests at consumer level, over 90% of the time, even a certified N95 mask may fail to provide the expected protection due to poor face seal.

Totobobo UNIFit system addresses the important issue of face seal with “Check & Seal” approach: 

1) An easy and accurate method to check the face seal, called “Watermark Seal Check”.

2) A “ReShape” feature which allows the user to shape the mask to close any gaps identified by the Watermark Seal Check.

3) A “Cut to size” feature which allows user to trim the mask to fit small children, in case ReShape alone is not sufficient to close the gaps.

“In addition to better fit and better protection, the UNIFit system also results in more comfortable wearing mask.” said the inventor Francis Chu, who has 20 years professional experience in product design.

Woman wearing Petit mask
Woman wearing the Petit mask. One can easily check the seal through the transparent mask.
A boy wearing Petit mask (customised to size)
A boy wearing Petit mask (trimmed to size)

Compares with the original Totobobo mask, the Petit is smaller, softer and more comfortable. Early Petit mask tester, Miss Hu Xiao Fei from Beijing China,  commented in Weibo:

“When I put on the new Petit mask, I was amazed! It fits so well all around my face, there is nothing I can say. I just love it!”

 

There is nothing I can say, it fits so well and seal my face all around! Miss Hu Xiao Fei (胡笑非), Beijing China
There is nothing I can say, it fits so well and seal my face all around! Miss Hu Xiao Fei (胡笑非), Beijing China

More information about the Petit mask can be found from the official website: totobobo.com, or contact us here.

Worlds first UNIVERSAL Earloop Respirator

Singapore company Dream Lab One Pte. Ltd. today announced the arrival of the world’s first UNIVERSAL reusable Ear-loop respirator, called Earloop-UNIVERSAL or UNI in short. The new entry is the latest of a series of innovative anti-pollution respirators including the Classic, Earloop (L,M,S,XS sizes) and SuperCool (Mouth mask).

Typical reusable respirators by major producers are designed for heavy duty occupational use. They are able to achieve good face seal and protection. However, due to the weight, these respirators require heavy duty head bands to secure the respirator. Such head bands can be irritating and sometimes entangle with the users hair. On the other hand, normal users prefer to use cloth mask, like people in Japan or motorcyclists in Vietnam, as these are light enough to be hung on the ears with a pair of ear-loops. The ear-loop design is easer to use and is preferred by ladies with delicate hair styles. However, these cloth masks provide neither good seal nor protection for airborne contamination.

World's first UNIVERSAL Earloop respirator by Totobobo
World's first UNIVERSAL Earloop respirator by Totobobo

The new UNI achieves the best of both world by combining the best-of-class light weight property of Totobobo with an adjustable ear-loop design. The 20 grams reusable mask is the only one in the market that can be secured with a pair of flexible ear-loops. Through innovative ways of looping around the filters, the tension of the ear-loop can be adjusted to suit anyone including adults and children. The UNI is comfortable and easy to use, just like a cloth mask. Most importantly, the protection is not compromised either.

Scientific tests in the Prince of Wales Hospital (Hong Kong) have shown that the Totobobo filter is able to achieve a 135-fold reduction of airborne particles as fine as 0.3 micron, compared to a 195-fold reduction of 3M N95 mask. Such performance is considered by experts like Doctor Richard Saint Cyr to be ‘Very impressive’.

“I think Totobobo is a good and affordable option for people. And a 135-fold drop in pollution is very impressive; even on an emergency day with the AQI over 500, the mask would bring your air to WHO-safe levels”, wrote Dr. Saint Cyr in his popular blog “MyHealthinBeijing”.

The Totobobo Earloop-UNI is available now from the website: http://totobobo.com/buy.html

Totobobo with Earloop, Universal size

Earloop UNI (UNIVERSAL customizable) = $21

Easy to put on and take off, suitable for most adult size

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About Totobobo and Dream Lab One

Totobobo is the worlds first customizable respiratory mask designed to fit all faces from children to adults. The highly effective mask uses a patented advanced technology that ensures respiratory seal, offering users guaranteed protection from pollutants. Tipping the scales at 20 grams, Totobobo is by far the lightest reusable respiratory mask on the market. The mask is made from FDA approved material, using a custom-engineered SoftTech plastic formula which makes it remarkably flexible and comfortable. Launched in 2008, the Totobobo mask has since hit sales in over 40 countries. The masks are available at www.totobobo.com. Totobobo is a product of Dream Lab One Pte. Ltd.

For more information, photographs or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Francis Chu
Dream Lab One Pte. Ltd.
Tel: +65 81183083
Email: totobobomask@gmail.com

New released in Medical Product Asia

bobo a piece of cloud to bring back the fresh air from good old days

bobo is the name designer Francis Chu given to his latest contraption which will be showcased in the National Museum of Singapore next month, along with 18 other product designers from Singapore. All designers are part of a local collective called Little Thoughts Group. The exhibition called Imprints- Designing from Memories is sponsored by the National Heritage Board of Singapore. All exhibits derive from local heritage and demonstrate how designers cohere their childhood memories with their skills in designing to come up with new and innovative ideas for modern day living.

bobo is a cloud shape air purifier which doubles up as lighting. It makes use of high tech filters from TotoboboMask to purify polluted air. At night, bobo also illuminates the surrounding with growling light as if the moon is shining behind the cloud, providing relax, serene atmosphere. There are altogether eight unique bobos presented in the exhibition, all in different sizes and shapes. Each “bobo” is labelled with a Chinese name which can be seen when the light is on.

In the designer’s own words:

Inspiration of bobo came form my childhood memories. As a curious kid I was fascinated how clouds change and move across the sky. I enjoy spontaneous imagination triggered by the changing patterns. e.g. a white rabbit slowly morphing into a huge snail or an airplane suddenly changed to a dancing dragon. Free from computer games and traffic pollutions, those were the days that life was simpler and air was cleaner. The design intent of bobo is to bring back the clean air and memory of those simple days.

bobo-cloud filter is patent pending, the project is sponsored by Totobobo Mask

About the exhibition: Imprints: Designing From Memories
Following its successful first-of-its kind product design exhibition in Singapore last year, the Little Thoughts Group is geared up once again to showcase the creative talents of local product designers in December 2010 at the National Museum of Singapore.

“Imprints: Designing from Memories” features a significant collaboration with the National Heritage Board, as the theme will revolve around the exploration of heritage and culture in product design and the notion of “Singapore Design”.

The upcoming exhibition boasts an even more impressive showcase which will comprise the works of 19 local product designers. Spurred on by encouraging reviews of the last show, this year’s showcase promises to be even more awesome and inspiring, with its ‘blast from the past’ take.

4th Dec 2010 – 1st Jan 2011
10am – 6pm daily
The Atelier Gallery
National Museum of Singapore

Singapore Reusable Mask Hits 35 Countries

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The TOTOBOBO Mask from the tiny red dot has officially become a worldwide phenomenon, providing respiratory protection to customers from 35 countries.

On February 14, 2010, the protective mask produced in Singapore has been sold in a whopping thirty-five countries worldwide. Since its inception in 2008, the company has expanded operations significantly, reaching this critical milestone just on the Valentine day. Customers across five continents, from Canada to New Zealand, have found the TOTOBOBO mask the best valued on the market.

Strong demand for the TOTOBOBO mask came from regular travelers in polluted cities and users with allergic rhinitis who want to avoid hay fever or other airborne allergens, as well as specialist users like cyclists and motorcyclists, woodworkers, artists and artisans, and parents concerned with their childrens health.

Customers worldwide are drawn to theappealing high-tech features found in the TOTOBOBO mask. The highly efficient filters, capable of keeping out all but a tiny fraction of particles smaller than .5 microns, provide unparalleled protection and breathing freedom.Replacement filters cost less than 1 dollar, by far the most economic replacement filter in the market, offers economy and convenience to a wide range of consumers.

Flags of the 35 countries

AustraliaAustriabelgiumcanadachina
finlandfrancegermanygreeceguatemala
hong_kongindiaindonesiairanisrael

italylithuaniamaltamexicomongolia

new_zealandnorwaypolandrussian_federationsingapore

south_africasouth_koreaspainswedentaiwan

thailandunited_kingdomunited_statesvietnamnetherlands

The comfortable fit of TOTOBOBO masks is unchallenged. The masks flexible design allows customization to fit the face as it should. The Visual-Seal-Check ensures a good respiratory seal that can not be matched by other masks. Users can check the seal through the transparent mask to make sure it works properly, making the VSC system more reliable than the alternative. Adriana Meiss of Syracuse, NY, commends the simplicity and efficiency of the TOTOBOBO mask, saying: This is the only mask Ive been able to get used to. I trim it smaller to produce a good seal. When it comes to breathability, Don, a pastel artist, says there seemed to be more air coming through the TOTOBOBO mask than the previous mask [3M 8210] I have been using.

Satisfied customers from around the world have sung the praises of the TOTOBOBO mask. Debbie Witter of freehelpforcancer.com wrote
Totobobo mask is the ONLY mask that fits the way a mask should. It is also the most economical product on the market. The other masks are hot, poorly fitted and have to be replaced repeatedly. I love your product and keep one of the masks in my purse, in case it is needed for [my daughter] Kayla. I am never without it.

Vasu Mishra of Bangalore, India
Vasu Mishra from Bangalor, India was so pleased with Totobobo mask and end up selling the mask in his bicycle blog shop : BumsOnTheSaddle.

Kayla from USA
Debbie Witte from USA, found Totobobo mask during her search for a better protective mask for her daughter, Kayla, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2008.

Mother and child from Mongolia wearing Totobobo mask
Mother and child showing off their new Totobobo mask, a critical defence against sand storm in the street of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

To cater for growing demand, folks in TOTOBOBO anticipate the introduction of a new anti-pollution mouth mask for cyclist and motorcyclist alike. This new product will be the first of many new designs to diversify applicability and expand protective mask usage to a greater market sector.
TOTOBOBO has made commendable advances since its commencement two years ago. With a expanding user base covering 35 countries, Totobobo mask is set for a faster growth in the coming few years.

The list of the 35countries:
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
China
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Iran
Israel
Italy
Lithuania
Malta
Mexico
Mongolia
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Russia
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Taiwan
Thailand
United Kingdom
United States
Vietnam

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Monocle Singapore National Survey

For the past three months, Monocle editors, writers and photographers have been shuttling in and out of Singapore to interview CEOs, check out on the rise neighbourhoods, meet the country’s cinema sirens and even visit the odd oil refinery for their second national survey (1st was Mexico). The Monocle Singapore National Survey is compact and concise, and it covers many significant grounds like business, culture and media with perspective from both inside and out.

We are excited to learn that Totobobo was spotted and mentioned as one of five high potential Singapore brands that can make it globally. We are indeed working in that direction- providing high quality products from Singapore to the world. The other four brands being mentioned are: Central Provident Fund, Osim iEcologi (innovative Vacuum/Steamer/Air purifier), Stikfas (Action figures) and Singapore’s Civil Service. From hip toys to government service, the combination seems funny but you would not be too surprised if you are familiar with the unorthodox Monocle approach and have heard that Singapore government run the country like a well organised company.

5 Brands/ Monocle Singapore National Survey
5 Brands/ Monocle Singapore National Survey

Monocle is a magazine and Web site founded by Tyler Brl, a Canadian journalist and entrepreneur. Described by CBC News reporter Harry Forestell as a “meeting between Foreign Policy and Vanity Fair”, the magazine purports to provide a globalist perspective on international affairs, culture and design to wealthy, cosmopolitan readers. This issue’s Monocle published a Singapore National Survey in association of Economic Development Board.
Downland the full Monocle Singapore National Survey.

Monocle 2009 September cover
Monocle 2009 September cover

How does a mask protect you from haze?

Haze in Singapore
Haze in Singapore

The haze is back in Singapore, fuelled by raging fires in Sumatra. Thursday’s PSI was the highest recorded here in almost two years. Experts here said on Thursday the haze might linger over Singapore for a while, due to the prevailing south-west monsoon season conditions, which typically last till late October. If the situation worsen, put on a mask when you go out may be a good way to protect yourselves. Do take note if you do use a mask:

If a mask can not seal your face, it can not protect you from the haze.

Haze is an atmospheric phenomenon when airborn particles such as dust, smoke and other particles obscure the clarity of the sky. The haze particle are very fine and easily get breathe into your lung by following the air flow.

Buoyant haze particle follow the “passage of least resistance”. The working principle of a mask is to seal off the breathing zone such that the least resistant path through the mask is the filter. Air must go through the filters before it can reach the breathing zone. The particle is trapped on the filters and therefore the air is cleaned before entering your mouth or nose.

Regular surgical mask or even N95 mask won’t help if there is gaps between the mask and your face. A gap between the face and the mask is an alternative passage with less resistance than the filter. Air and the particle will leak through the gap rather than going through the filter. One of the key concern when using a regular mask is how can one decide if the mask is truly fitting and sealing the breathing zone?

Here in Totobobo mask we provide the possibility for you to check the fit through the transparent mask. You can adjust the position, the tension of the strap, or even cut the mask to make it better fit to your face. Although we can not guarantee it will fit everyone, yet the chances of fitting is much higher than a regular mask.

In addition, judging by the colour change you will be able to tell when the filter has done it’s job and should be replaced.

For demonstration, here is a pair of filter kindly provided by Kenneth Koh of Advanturenomad. He use the Totobobo mask during his cycling trip in Vietnam. The colour collected on the mask is the result of nearly 30 hours of cycling in Vietnam from Hanoi to Dalat.

Used filter after 28 hours of cycling in Vietnam
Used filter after 28 hours of cycling in Vietnam

First Singapore outlet in Tanjong Pagar Plaza

1st Singapore outlet in Tanjiong Pager Plaza
1st Singapore outlet in Tanjiong Pager Plaza

We are very pleased to welcome our first local retail outlet, Medic Drugstore Pte Ltd to be on board.
No more emailing and calling concerning timing of shipment, you can simply go to the shop and pick up the Totobobo mask before your flight.

Conveniently Situated in Tanjoing Pager Plaza, it is very near to the Tanjoing Pager MRT Station. along Tanjoing Pager Road, right opposite to Amara Hotel. The unit number is #01-26/27, take note. It is just around the around Block 1 when you reach the end of Block 1,

The address:
Medic Drugstore Pte Ltd
Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-26/27
Singapore 082001

Coontact:
Mrs Adelyn Loo / Tel: 62244842

Openning hour:
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 7pm,
Saturday 8:30am to 5pm

Or you can Buy online from Singapore

Singapore mask hits 20th country

Sunday, March 08, 2009, is not only the International Women’s day, it is also a new milestone for Totobobo mask-the Singapore designed and produced respirator mask has been sold to 20 countries across Asia, Europe and America!

The milestone order was received from Israel at 3:23am in the morning.

I am surprised that my order makes Israel a new country for the Totobobo mask to reach, because cycling is becoming quite popular here. I reckon that I will be the first of many others, once they see me with your mask. said Ralph Dobrin in an email. Jerusalem, where I live, has quite a lot of vehicular pollution. I use a bicycle as transportation. Surprisingly none of the dozen bicycle shops here stock masks. So, I surf the net, and Totobobo mask seemed the wisest choice in every way.

Recent visitors of Totobobo mask
Recent visitors of Totobobo mask

While the total volume is still small, the trend is very promising. said Sharon Li, the managing director. Over the past 12 months, our monthly website traffic has increased by 300% and more importantly our monthly sale has expanded by 500%! More and more new customers are referred by their friends and relatives.

The key applications of this 100g ultra lightweight reusable mask include cycling (+motorcycle) wood turning, as well as allergens & flu prevention.

Most wood turners and cyclists are impressed by the ease of use, wearing comfort and the effectiveness of the filters:

“The Totobobo mask is so easy to wear and comfortable that I forget I am wearing the mask. It is absolutely incredible how much dust particles the filters will pick up. I think it is the best thing you can use to protect your lungs.” said Bob Edwards from Texas, who is an experienced wood turners and demonstrator at SWAT.

Other users, especially parents, appreciate the ease of customizing the mask for their children as well as the simple fit-check through the transparent body.

My wife trims the Totobobo mask to fit our son. I could not find any other mask that would fit him. He wears it regularly when the weather is dry and dust and pollution increases. Said Thomas Eric Johnson PhD – Thailand, Bangkok.

The Singapore invention was triggered by the SARS in 2003 when the inventor, Chu Wa was looking for a fitting mask to protect his sons.

The recent cases of human bird-flu in Turkey also raised some concerns early this year. Because once a flu pandemic emerges, it will take at least 3 month to start work on a vaccine. Similarly, it takes time to develop and test a mask that can fit many people with different face shapes and sizes. I trust when the next flu pandemic hits, Totobobo mask will be ready to help protect people, especially children said Chu Wa.

BBC News: Global impact of bird flu
BBC News: Global impact of bird flu

The 20 countries where Totobobo mask has reached so far includes:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland, France, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, India, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Malta, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA.

Contact for media release: pr @ dreamlab1 . com

Contact for distributor enquiry: totobobomask @ gmail . com