Razer has claimed to make the world’s smartest mask equipped with voice projection technology and of course, Chroma RGB LEDs.
Razer’s new reusable N95 respirator walks under the name Project Hazel. The concept design behind this tech loaded mask includes a glossy outside shell made of waterproof and scratch-resistant recycled plastic. The plastic shell is said to be transparent that allows lip-reading and seeing facial cues while you chat with people.
As per the updates, there is neither any price range nor release date attached by Razer. Project Hazel is, however, referred to as a surgical N95 but it hasn’t gained any required certification or approvals from the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration, yet. Razer is said to be working with a team of scientists and medical professionals apparently helping them in developing the tech respirator.
Calling through the main features that we may see in the Razer N95 mask, it is sure that we’d be left struck with its ‘futuristic gas mask look’. The mask has two circular zones that flank your mouth purposely for ventilation. The Project Hazel N95 respirator will use active disc-type ventilators, filtering air that’s breathed in and also the CO2 that’s being exhaled. The company adds to its USP that it will be certified to filter 95 percent of airborne particles, along with other common pathogens and of course, the COVID-19 virus.
But here is something important that Razer is still hammering on about its details about, how long the detachable and rechargeable ventilators will remain effective and how will the users receive the alert on getting a new one. In a statement given to The Verge, the spokesperson pointed out that the longevity of the ventilators is still being tested. While they are envisioning users getting the notification via a companion mobile app about when the filters need to be changed.
The embedded microphones and amplifiers in the ventilators will be used to project the speaker’s voice through the mask, and thus, the problem of muffled voice gets solved. Razer is working with THX sound engineers for finding the balance as to how loud the speakers should be for easing the accessibility.
Talking about the comfort of wearing the mask, the spokesperson of Razer N95 masks say that the comfort isn’t compromised on any level despite all the tech loaded stuff inside. The sealing around the nose and the chin will be made of silicon guard along with an adjustable earloop, to fit the person right. Clearly, the Razer N95 masks seem to be heavier than the average masks that you wear.
Chroma RGB LEDs are one thing without which it won’t meet the criteria of a modern Razer product. The respirator-meets-amplifier rings on both sides are designed to glow in the color of your choice. Although, it is hard to tell how will these LEDs be able to fully illuminate our mouth as it claims that the LEDs will automatically get active when it is dark. This way other will easily be able to see while you talk.
The Razer N95 mask is envisioned to come with a large charging case that sterilizes the mask when not in use, that too, with UV light. Well, as we can tell, this is still the conceptual stage. However, we are ready to accept the product, if at all it launches in the market, for real.