When gaming company Razer showed off a concept for the Project Hazel N95 face mask at CES earlier this year, it came just a few weeks after the first coronavirus vaccines received approval for emergency use. Now, thoughts of the post-pandemic life are taking form, and with that, Razer is looking at the future of high-tech personal protection equipment.
“We were thinking, this is a concept project and is this going to be relevant when vaccinations and everything has been rolled out,” Tan said. “I think moving forward we decided — and I can tell you now — we are going to proceed in making it a reality and ship the smart mask.”
Tan added that, even with vaccinations, there is still the need for masks. Even vaccinated people have to be careful and continue wearing masks. Many countries also won’t be fully vaccinated for another year or two.
Tan didn’t specify when the company would start making the masks, and the company didn’t reply when asked for comment.
As far as the mask itself goes, Project Hazel is transparent and has internal LED lighting so people can see your mouth in low light. The mask uses rechargeable ventilators and replaceable filters in the two respiration pods. Users can control the airflow while the pods have audio processing algorithms built in to process your voice, so it sounds clear and natural when speaking.
The mask offers active ventilation and auto-sterilization. There’s a separate case for wireless charging. The mask also has a UV sterilizer. The lighted rings on the mask indicate the charge status.