The high-tech COVID smart face mask from Razer is officially going from prototype to product



Remember that high-tech smart mask unveiled as a project in January by game hardware company Razer? It’s going to be a reality.

Razer unveiled what was then called Project Hazel during the virtual CES show, describing the prototype as the world’s smartest and most socially friendly face mask.

As shown then, the mask promised N95 medical-grade respirator protection and had a built-in microphone and amplifier so your voice could be heard better. The waterproof mask had a clear transparent face area with internal lights to illuminate your face in dark conditions. Exterior lights added flair.

It’s not known how many of these features will be incorporated in the final product, but Razer did tell USA TODAY that the product has been officially green-lit.

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“Razer is working on mass producing a smart face mask inspired by Project Hazel, the concept design that was presented at CES 2021. The final product will be made available in Q3 2021 as part of Razer’s portfolio of surgical, cloth, and smart masks,” said Addie Tan, Razer’s associate director of business development, in a statement. “It may include features borrowed from the original concept design, but with a focus on affordability and practicality for everyday wear.”

So, you will have to wait to get the mask, but Razer does have some other wearables available now.

A new Kanagawa Wave Apparel collection becomes available Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on razer.com.

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The clothing, inspired by the famous Great Wave off Kanagawa woodcarving, is made of materials created from recovered marine plastics. – Proceeds from the limited-edition lineup – there’s a hoodie ($149.99), shorts ($79.99), T-shirt ($89.99), tank top ($69.99) and cap ($49.99) – will fund efforts to reduce plastics in the oceans.

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