When gaming lifestyle organization Razer flaunted its idea for the Project Hazel N95 facial respirator recently at CES, it had been half a month since the first Covid immunizations had been OK’d for crisis use. Yet, even now, as considerations of a post-pandemic future are starting to come to take shape, it would seem that Razer sees a future for high-tech personal protective equipment.
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan disclosed to Yahoo Finance this week that the Project Hazel mask will turn into a reality.
“We were thinking, this is a concept project and is this going to be relevant when vaccinations and everything has been rolled out,” Tan told the publication. “I think moving forward we decided — and I can tell you now — we are going to proceed in making it a reality and ship the smart mask.”
“We’ve realized that even with vaccinations, we are hearing you still have to be masked up because there is still the risk factor that even if you’re vaccinated you still need to be incredibly careful,” Tan said, and he added that many countries may still be a year or two off from being fully vaccinated.
Tan didn’t say when the masks would go into creation. Razer didn’t quickly react to a request for comment.
The high-tech Project Hazel mask configuration promoted at CES is transparent and features internal LED lights to make your mouth noticeable in low light. It utilizes replaceable filters and rechargeable ventilators on its two respiration pods. You can change the amount of airflow, and the pods have audio-processing algorithms worked in to make your voice sound more clear and more natural.
The mask additionally includes active ventilation and autosterilization; a different case that can charge it wirelessly; and an UV sanitizer. Also, the pods sport lighted rings that indicate charge status.