It’s been a year since we’re using face masks, thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and it’s just becoming boring with every passing day. But Razer is here to spice up the boring old facemasks with its Project Hazel touted as “world’s smartest mask.”
The Project Hazel is Razer’s concept N95 mask, which intends to address environmental issues of disposable masks while improving masks’ features or, as Razer prefers to call it, a “multi-use personal protective covering,” and preparing people for the new normal in the road ahead.
Razer says that Hazel uses a medical-grade N95 filter using detachable and rechargeable active ventilators for optimal breathability. Its high bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) membrane filters at least 95% of airborne particles. The filter can get recharged using the wireless charging case, which also sanitizes the filter using UV lights.
“The Project Hazel smart mask concept is intended to be functional, yet comfortable and useful for interacting with the world while maintaining a sociable aesthetic,” Min-Liang Tan, Razer’s co-founder, and CEO
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Project Hazel features a transparent design for more humanly social interaction so that people around you can view your facial expressions allowing them to read your lips. The mask also features chroma RGB interior lights that activate after it gets dark out there.
Project Hazel also has some intelligent features apart from qualifying the bare minimum qualities of a mask. One of the reasons why Razer is calling it the most intelligent mask ever created is the built-in mic and amplifier for clear communications while staying safe during these times.
It features an active ventilation system that prevents the build-up of CO2 inside the mask, restraining headaches and dizziness. Further, it is lined with a silicon guard to sit comfortably around the wearer’s face, preventing air leaks.
According to a Razer spokesperson, Project Hazel is still at its early stage, and it doesn’t have any release date. Razer is also planning to distribute millions of free face masks in Singapore.