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Latest smart mask features microphone, coloured lights and N95 respirator

Wearers can customise their look by activating two coloured lighting zones for social occasions

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Singapore-based computer gaming equipment maker Razer has created a reusable face mask featuring a medical-grade respirator and an in-built microphone and amplifier, says CNN Business.

The company, a major gaming hardware maker known for its computer mice and laptops, says the mask uses an N95 medical-grade respirator; detachable and rechargeable ventilators; and airflow regulators.

The mask, which is not yet in shops, addresses “the negative environmental issues of disposable masks, while enhancing the features of a multi-use personal protective covering”, according to a press release from Razer, published Tuesday.

Razer, which is headquartered in both Singapore and Las Vegas in the US, had already pivoted to making masks in response to the pandemic.

Earlier in the year, Razer converted manufacturing facilities in China to make face masks, and in May the company said it would give out millions of free face masks in Singapore as the country grappled with a surge in coronavirus cases.

Min-Liang Tan, Razer’s co-founder and CEO, said in the press release, “The smart mask concept is intended to be functional, yet comfortable and useful for interacting with the world, while maintaining a sociable aesthetic.”

The mask’s transparent design allows people to see the wearer’s face, and lights inside the mask activate automatically in the dark. A microphone, amplifier and speakers enhance muffled speech.

The company said the waterproof, scratch-resistant mask is made from recyclable plastics, reducing its environmental impact further.

The ventilators can be recharged and sanitized by putting them inside the wireless charging box, which features sanitising UV lights.

Wearers can customise their look by activating two lighting zones with a choice of 16.8 million colours and a variety of dynamic lighting effects.

Razer is anticipating brisk sales when the mask hits stores, mainly from fashion conscious tech-savvy youth wishing to make a fashion statement. Or their fathers wishing to perfect their Darth Vader impression.

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