A laowai cyclist in Chengdu who has been spotted with a genius invention of a homemade mobile air purifier on his back has attracted much attention online this week. This definitely beats the dubious-looking anti-smog masks handed out to Shanghai’s students.
This genius Italian is named Mike, and is currently teaching at a Chengdu school. Fed up with the haze in the city, he re-modelled his own air purifier into a portable one, Tencent reported.
Mike told reporters that a rechargeable battery and a voltage converter were also required to power the machine. The entire setup cost him about 1,500 yuan ($245).
“I’m not tired at all [from carrying the device],” said Mike, “It is a real bargain. The benefits of the air purifier far outweigh the cost.”
An industry expert said that it is possible to convert room air cleaners into portable air purifiers, but that it might not achieve the same results as a good breathing mask.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent]