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Daikin to offer personal 'clean rooms' for germ-wary consumers

Pandemic ventilation and air conditioning seen as growing market

A coworking space in Tokyo will soon be home to Daikin's personal clean rooms designed to keep pollen and other particulates out. (Photo courtesy of Daikin)

TOKYO/OSAKA -- In a time when more and more of the world’s consumers are becoming obsessed with microbes, a project led by air conditioning maker Daikin Industries is set to offer a germaphobe’s dream: technology-enhanced clean rooms.

The phone booth-sized chambers will become available next month. They will have high-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, filters produced by Nippon Muki to keep pollen and other particulates away, and constantly move the air inside downward to help with cleanliness.

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