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Gaming lifestyle company Razer may sound like an odd fit for -driven face mask protection, but based on its Project Hazel concept design for an -class face mask, it does bring some notable ideas for adding digital smarts to the table.
For instance, it’s got active ventilation and autosterilization, with a separate case that can charge it wirelessly and has a UV sterilizer. It uses replaceable filters and rechargeable ventilators on the pods, which is intended to make it a sustainable solution.
Razer’s something extra adds lighting. It’s not just for the pretty: The LEDs on the pods indicate charge status, and there are also internal LEDs to make your mouth visible in low light. And the pods have audio-processing algorithms built in to make your voice sound a lot clearer and more natural.
The mask has silicone around the edges for an airtight seal and adjustable ear loops, and you can adjust the amount of airflow for maximum comfort and protection. Plus, it comes in multiple sizes. And it’s transparent so people can see your mouth move.
Razer’s not the the first to reimagine the high-tech face mask — there’sand and , for example — and it won’t be the last. But Razer does bring its particular design aesthetic to the drawing table.
Will it ever become a reality? Who knows. And even if it does, it likely wouldn’t be affordable for the people who need it most. Still, Razer’s heart (and brain) seems like it’s in the right place.
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