It’s CES 2021 – the first virtual avatar ever of the biggest tech event that started in 2021, and while most of us are excited about the influx of smart tech to enhance our daily lives with the various gadgets, how can tech do not deal with the biggest question here – how does the latest technology affect / improve our covid infected world? 2021 promises to be the year of solutions where vaccines roll out with speed, while we realistically know that face masks do not go anywhere. Razer, the world̵
The face mask design is a glossy, waterproof and scratch-resistant shell, transparent by the design to enable lip reading and made of recycled plastic. So far so good. The main attraction is the two circular ‘Active Ventilation’ disks 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 setup you have with Chroma RGB LEDs. After all, any Instagram-worthy game set-up is visibly in sync with each other, why shouldn’t your mask be part of the new normal? While the public is torn between ‘take my money now’ and calling this an ‘April Fool’s Day’, the RGB has certainly caught the public’s attention. Jokes aside, if this is a feature that helps people keep the mask ‘on’ no matter where they are, I’m all for it. The rings can be lit with the color you choose, and the LEDs automatically detect and illuminate in low-light environments to illuminate your face so you can always be seen. How useful is this feature, it is something we only know when we actually try it, but it sounds good in theory!
To add to the mask’s futuristic appeal, microphones and amplifiers are embedded in the fans that 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!) . Currently, the team at Razer is working with THX sound engineers to balance the volume for optimal accessibility. Despite the technology it possesses, Razer claims that the mask has a comfortable wearing experience – using a silicon protector to create a seal around the mouth and nose. The mask also boasts adjustable earrings to help with different face sizes. The mask is accompanied by an equally glossy and stationary wireless charging case that uses UV light to sterilize the mask, while a mini-display shows icons – what they depict is unclear right now.
Razer’s story of showing amazing concept works at CES, which then converts to reality, gives us hope that this mask can come to life – given several tweaks 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 with no size variations or even allowance for a beard. Razer was one of the few companies worldwide that converted their production facility to create surgical masks and wanted to pledge and donate up to one million surgical masks. So cross your fingers and hope that there will soon be a realistic and inexpensive version of this mask – after all, we all have cotton masks, but I’m pretty sure 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 pick up your facial signals.
Condition with low light – The smart mask inside lights up automatically when it is dark, so you can express yourself clearly regardless of the lighting conditions.
Surgical N95 respirator – In addition to its high bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE), the mask also has a high liquid resistance that protects against large drops and splashes.
Active ventilation The detachable fan for the smart mask regulates the air flow and is capable of filtering at least 95% of airborne particles.
Voicecamp technology – Thanks to a built-in microphone and amplifier combination, their patented 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 by exhalation, which also prevents the accumulation of CO2 in the mask, which can cause headaches and dizziness.
Wireless charging case 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 battery level.