Razer says it plans to ship the concept of reusable N95 face mask. Project Hazel was unveiled in January, and includes active fans of the disc, Chroma RGB lighting and voice projection. The face mask is also transparent, so you can read lips and the ability to see facial marks when talking to people.
“We thought, this is a concept project and this will be relevant when vaccinations and everything is rolled out,” says Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan in an interview with Yahoo Finance. “We will continue to make it a reality and send the smart mask.”
Razer’s smart mask made its surprising debut at CES 2021 earlier this year, with removable and rechargeable fans and a glossy outer shell made of waterproof and scratch-resistant recycled plastic. The fans also act as voice amplifiers, thanks to built-in microphones so you do not sound muffled while talking.
Chroma RGB lighting allows the two fans to light and even automatically shine light on your mouth when it gets dark, so others can see you talking. It’s a smart mask filled with technology, but Razer insists it’s comfortable to wear thanks to adjustable ear hooks.
Razer has not committed to any price or release date, and the company will also need approvals and certifications from the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, that does not stop Razer from making this smart mask real.
“Project Hazel is going to be a reality,” says Tan. “We’re going to make it happen, and I think unfortunately we will have masks for a long time to come.”