Razer says it plans to ship its concept of reusable N95 face mask. Unveiled in January, Project Hazel includes active disc-type fans, Chroma RGB lighting, and voice projection. The face mask is also transparent, allowing lip reading and the ability to see facial cues when talking to people.
“We thought this is a concept project and will be relevant when vaccinations and everything is rolled out,” said Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan in a interview with Yahoo Finance“We will continue to implement it and ship the smart mask.”
The Razer Smart Mask made its surprise debut at CES 2021 earlier this year, featuring detachable and rechargeable fans and a glossy exterior made of waterproof and scratch-resistant recycled plastic. The fans also function as a voice amplifier, thanks to the built-in microphones so that you do not sound muffled while speaking.
The Chroma RGB lighting makes the two fans glow and even automatically shine a light on your mouth when it gets dark so that others can see you talking. It’s a smart mask that’s packed with technology, but Razer insists it’s comfortable to wear thanks to adjustable ear loops.
Razer has not committed to pricing or a release date, and the company also requires approvals and certifications from the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, that doesn’t stop Razer from making this smart mask real.
“Project Hazel is becoming a reality,” says Tan. “We’re going to make it happen and I think unfortunately we will all be wearing masks for a long time to come.”