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Razer is producing its Project Hazel RGB Masks, dubbed ‘world’s smartest face mask’

The mask comes with a special wireless charging case lined with a UV light interior, killing bacteria and viruses as it charges, among other features.

Shannon Kuan
Shannon Kuan

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Published: 6 April 2021, 2:00 PM

COVID-19 has introduced a new normal to us all — wearing face masks outside.

Many are finding new ways to design and personalise their mask, from using mask chains, embroidering them, or wearing colour-coded masks for each different outfit. However, Razer is taking face masks to a whole new level.

Called Project Hazel, Razer says its face masks are the most intelligent ones ever created. The masks focus on key aspects to protect one’s health while also enhancing the quality of life.

Razer’s new masks have a high bacterial filtration efficiency and high fluid resistance to protect against large droplets and splashes. There is also a detachable ventilator that regulates airflow, capable of filtering at least 95 per cent of airborne particles.

The mask comes in a special wireless charging case lined with a UV light interior, killing bacteria and viruses as it charges.

 

The case will glow from red to green when the battery level is full. PHOTO CREDIT: RAZER

 

The mask is waterproof and scratch-resistant, made up of recyclable plastic. It also has replaceable filters and rechargeable ventilators which have long-lasting battery life for full-day use.

For optimised airflow for easy respiration, its active ventilation brings in cool air and releases heat produced from exhaling, preventing a build-up of carbon dioxide in the mask that can cause headaches and dizziness.

Taking comfortability into account, the mask’s silicon guard fits perfectly on the face, creating an unobtrusive air-tight seal, and does not touch the mouth for easier communication. 

The ear loops are also easily adjustable and apply less pressure on the ears, while the mask can be custom-made to fit your face shape.

 

To ensure speech isn’t muffled, the smart mask has a built-in mic and amplifier. PHOTO CREDIT: RAZER

 

Unlike the usual opaque masks that cover up one’s lower face entirely, Razer’s masks have a clear, transparent design for others to pick up your facial cues easily. The interior of the mask even lights up in the dark automatically.

Adding even more flair to the mask is customisable lighting zones powered by Razer Chroma RGB. Offering over 16 million colours and a suite of iconic effects, you can turn heads while staying safe.

Release dates and prices have not been revealed yet. But in an interview with Yahoo Finance, Razer CEO Tan Min Liang confirmed that the company is producing the hi-tech masks.

“We’ve realised 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,” he said in the interview. 

“Secondly, there are also many countries that are unlikely that are going to get the whole [scale] of vaccinations in the next year or even two so traveling everyone should be very careful.”

“So with that in mind, we are going to go ahead and solve the sustainable aspect of the mask which is one of the big things for us…. Project Hazel is going to be a reality. We are going to make it happen.”


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