Razer really is making its RGB-packed transparent face mask

midian182

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Recap: Remember Razer's Project Hazel, its reusable N95 mask unveiled at CES back in January? It was still in the concept prototype stage back then. Now, the PC gaming giant has confirmed it really is making the pandemic-age product.

Project Hazel has several features that differentiate it from most N95 respirators on the market, the most obvious being the transparent-plastic front that allows people to see a wearer's face. Covid-19 has revealed the problems that come with being unable to see others' expressions—eyes alone don't always show what a person is thinking—but Razer's mask conceals no emotions.

Razer previously said it was working with a team of medical experts and scientists to ensure Project Hazel meets modern Covid-19 protection standards.

Another problem with traditional masks is not being able to hear the muffled words spoken by wearers. Razer's innovative solution is its "voiceamp" tech, which consists of embedded microphones that amplify and enhance voices, with the ventilators doubling as speakers.

This wouldn't be a Razer product without Chroma RGB lighting, allowing the ventilators to glow. It can even shine light on a wearer's face when it's dark, so the people you're talking to can still see you speaking. Razer also said the mask is comfortable to wear, thanks to its ear loops.

With the vaccine rollout gathering pace, is this a good time to release a new N95 mask? Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan thinks so.

"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. 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," he told Yahoo News.

"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, and I think we will all will be, unfortunately, wearing masks for a long time to come."

No word on the price or release date, and as noted by The Verge, Razer must still secure approval and certification from the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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ScottSoapbox

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I totally would have bought this six months ago, but I don't plan on wearing a mask beyond general vaccine availability which is a few weeks from now so...
 

UdyrL

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This is great as a concept, and a prop for movies and shows, but expect this to be a $200+ pretentious product that only a minority would consider buying.
 

Dimitriid

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Gaming mask - what's next?

Hey at least you can kind of see the rgb on your peripheral vision with these...Maybe. To me the stupid RGB award still goes to RBG headset: for when you need RGB on a place you will never be able to see them while using a headset, and on a device that's designed to isolate you from the rest of the world so you also don't pay attention to people interacting with you outside of the computer or device.
 

UdyrL

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Hey at least you can kind of see the rgb on your peripheral vision with these...Maybe. To me the stupid RGB award still goes to RBG headset: for when you need RGB on a place you will never be able to see them while using a headset, and on a device that's designed to isolate you from the rest of the world so you also don't pay attention to people interacting with you outside of the computer or device.
RGB headsets, as stupid as the concept is (in my opinion), were designed for streamers to showcase their rainbow puke to the rainbow followers.
 

Shadowboxer

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Its a bit late, most of us will have permanently removed our masks before the year is out.

On the upside, you will know to avoid anyone wearing one of these things...
 

p51d007

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Ok, THIS is about one of the dumbest things ever. Everyone clamoring to come up with some sort of stupid mask. Get over it! It is a flipping virus. Until such time that it mutates to a non infecting strain, it will be around. It's what a virus does. And given where this came from, who the h*ll knows how it was created, if it was, what's in it.
 

PEnnn

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And the anti-vaxxer trolls are out in force. Their supreme leader secretly got the vaccine for the "hoax" that killed 370,000 Americans.

And they call others sheeple!!

You'd expect some intelligence on a techie site....but obviously not here!
 

cliffordcooley

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It's so hard to understand... some people's thinking.
I know what you mean. It is hard to understand people who think no one dies from the same things, people died from two years ago. If someone dies now. It is automatically diagnosed as a Covid death. Covid turned out to be a cure for everything that was killing everyone.