It’s CES 2021 – the very first virtual avatar for the biggest technological event that started in 2021, and while most of us are excited about the influx of smart technology to improve our daily lives with the various gadgets, how can technology not handle the biggest question here – how does the latest technology affect / improve our covid infested world? 2021 promises to be the year of solutions, with vaccines rolling out at speed, while we realistically know that face masks are not going anywhere. Razer, the world̵
The face mask design is a glossy, waterproof and scratch-resistant shell, transparent to enable lip reading, and made of recycled plastic. So far so good. The main attraction is the two circular “Active Ventilation” plates that sit on the sides of the mouth and hold the reusable N95 filters that provide a 95% filtration efficiency. These filters are removable and rechargeable while giving the mask a futuristic aesthetic that matches the game layout you have with Chroma RGB LEDs. After all, every Instagram-worthy game layout is visibly in sync with each other. Why should not your mask be part of the new normal? While the audience is torn between ‘take my money now’ and calling this an ‘April Fool’s joke’, RGB has certainly caught the audience’s attention. Jokes aside, if this is a feature that helps people keep the mask ‘on’ wherever they are, I’m all for it. The rings can be lit with the color you want, and the LEDs automatically detect and light in low light environments to illuminate your face so you can always be seen talking. How useful is this feature, it’s something we only know when we actually try it, but it sounds good in theory!
To add to the futuristic appeal of this mask, microphones and amplifiers are built into the fans that will project your voice through the mask (I wonder if I can customize it to sound like Bane, or even say I’m Batman with credibility!). The team at Razer is currently working with THX sound engineers to balance the volume for optimal accessibility. Despite the technology it holds, Razer claims that the mask has a comfortable wearing experience – using a silicon protection to create a seal around the mouth and nose. The mask also boasts adjustable ear hooks to help with different face sizes. The mask is accompanied by an equally shiny and desktop-worthy wireless charging case that uses UV light to sterilize the mask while a mini-screen shows icons – what they show is unclear at the moment.
Razer’s history of showing amazing conceptual works at CES that then converts to reality gives us hope that this mask can come to life – given several adjustments and certifications from the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The mask is currently made for the masses, without size variations or even compensation for beards. Razer was one of the few companies around the world that converted its production facilities to make surgical masks and wanted to pledge and donate up to one million surgical masks. So cross your fingers and hope that a realistic and cheap version of this mask comes soon – we have cotton masks after all, but I’m pretty sure that a more functional and aesthetic mask is something we can all do with.
Designer: Charlie Bolton from Razer
Transparent design – Enjoy more seamless social interaction with others, as they can easily see you talking and grab your face sticks.
Low light mode – The interior of the smart mask lights up automatically when it is dark, so you can express yourself clearly regardless of the lighting conditions.
Surgical N95 respirator – In addition to the high bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE), the mask also has high liquid resistance which protects against large drops and splashes.
Active ventilation – The detachable fan of the smart mask regulates the air flow and is able to filter at least 95% of airborne particles.
Voicecamp technology – Thanks to a built-in combination of microphone and amplifier, their patent-pending technology ensures that your speech is not muted even when you are masked.
Optimized airflow – The active ventilation brings in cool air and releases heat produced from exhalation, which also prevents the accumulation of CO2 in the mask which can cause headaches and dizziness.
Wireless charging bag with UV sterilizer – With a dual-purpose quick charger that is sterilized at the same time, the smart mask is always ready for use. Lights up from red to green for easy reference when checking the battery level.