Project Hazel started as a concept to explore how technology can enhance the traditional face mask, but now Razer is taking that idea and turning it into something you can actually buy by making Project Hazel a real product.
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan confirmed the move to make Project Hazel a real retail unit during an interview with Yahoo Finance, says “We have realized that even with vaccinations that we hear, you still need to be masked Because it is still the risk factor that even if you are vaccinated, you still need to be incredibly careful. “
Tan also added that while many countries have been able to obtain covid-19 vaccines for theirs residents, people in other regions or countries may not have access to the vaccine for another year or two. Furthermore, in places like Asia where wearing a mask was already quite common even before covid-19 hit, Razers more comprehensive masks seem to offer a more permanent solution to typical disposable paper masks or even reusable cloth alternatives.
Although Razer has not yet set a price or official release date for the mask, Project Hazel (or whatever the final name ends up being) is expected with a hard transparent plastic shell with replaceable N95 filters built into each side, along with built-in lighting to help you illuminate your face in the dark, and Razer’s VoiceAmp technology to ensure that people hear your speech loud and clear.
Finally, in addition to replaceable N95 filters, Project Hazel is also expected to come with a rechargeable disinfectant bag that uses UV light to disinfect the mask and top up the mask’s integrated battery between uses. Oh, and because it’s a Razer product, Project Hazel also comes with Chroma RGB support, so you can change the light on the outside of the mask to suit your mood.
Finally, even if you think the idea of a smart face mask is silly, Razer, which is committed to making Project Hazel a real product, is another sign of how the pandemic continues to reshape what people consider normal. And even after large sections of the population are vaccinated, the desire for more significant protection against airborne diseases seems quite reasonable, although I am still not sold on the need to make the outside of the mask transparent.