Unveiled back in January, Razer has now confirmed it will be manufacturing its reusable N95 face mask. Called Project Hazel, the mask includes active disc-type ventilators, Chroma RGB lighting, and voice projection. The mask also features transparency, allowing for lip-reading and the ability to see facial cues when you talk to people.
“We were thinking, this is a concept project and is this going to be relevant when vaccinations and everything has been rolled out,” says Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We are going to proceed in making it a reality and ship the smart mask. Project Hazel is going to be a reality. We are going to make it happen and I think we will all be, unfortunately, wearing masks for a long time to come.”
The mask has detachable and rechargeable ventilators and a glossy outside shell made of waterproof and scratch-resistant recycled plastic. Interestingly, the ventilators also act as voice amplifiers, with microphones embedded inside the mask picking up the wearer’s voice and small speakers in the ventilators projecting the speech. It solves one of the biggest complaints with N95 masks – muffled sound while speaking.
The Chroma RGB lighting allows the two ventilators to glow, and even automatically shine light onto your mouth when it gets dark, so others can see you speaking. According to Razer, all this tech included in the mask has no impact on the comfort of wearing the mask, with adjustable ear loops and added padding.
While Razer has confirmed the mask is coming to the market, there was no comment about release date or price. In the USA, the company also needs approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration before they can sell it to the public.