Struggle with phonecalls while wearing a mask? This one has an embedded Bluetooth headset


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In brief: Everyone hopes for the day when we no longer have to wear masks. That might still be a way off, and until then, companies are going to keep packing tech into face coverings. The latest to go down this route is UK-Hong Kong telecoms firm Binatone, which has shown off its $50 MaskFone; a Bluetooth headset and N95 mask in one.

The MaskFone is designed primarily for making and taking phone calls while wearing a face covering. In addition to the wireless headphones, it comes with a built-in microphone, so users won’t experience the muffled effect when talking on a call.

The MaskFone also uses medical-grade interchangeable N95 filters that offer 95 percent virus filtration and is IPX5 water-resistant.

As someone who wears a mask with earbuds and glasses on occasion, I can see the benefits here. The two buds emerge from the mask and are clipped to the lower part of the ear hook to stop them from getting tangled. There are even control buttons on the outside for music listening—it comes with Siri and Amazon Alexa integration, too.

Binatone writes that the microphone ensures wearers won’t have to remove the mask to be heard clearly on a mobile. There’s a claimed 12-hour battery life, and it’s machine washable—just remove the filter before putting it in your washing machine.

The MaskFone comes in small/medium and medium/large sizes and ships with three PM2.5 filters alongside three eartips. It launches on February 1 for $49.99.

In addition to the MaskFone, Binatone is unveiling the MegaFone mask, which will be “fully equipped with a detachable voice projector that offers a “walkie talkie” mode for voice projection and two-way talk.” It uses a Mesh Network to connect to other MegaFone masks, interestingly.

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I wouldn’t wear a mask when hiking by myself, riding my bike in the neighborhood, or doing my laundry in my house… But if it works well, particularly for the price point, great idea for public spaces like the office or in public transit.

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The only problem I have encountered is those that have a very "small" voice, otherwise no problem and certainly no considerable muffleing ....
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I personally think it's about time. I really have no issue wearing a mask. Sure it would be better to not have to and masks are mostly cheap, throwable (though harmful to the planet), and are in need of a redesign.

Well maybe this is it. It will go nicely with my VirtualVisualization(c) glasses. Maybe they will pair up to give me a % on how much filter is left, little warning indicator. Where I can then view Amazon to order more.

If we don't change our ways as humans, which we say we are, even though, we ain't even started, well I can see us needing something like this now and probably again in the future should the vaccines actually sort this one out


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The "masks" companies see the writing on the wall and want to make a buck.
Sadly, masks will be here forever. It's just another control device.
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The "masks" companies see the writing on the wall and want to make a buck.
Sadly, masks will be here forever. It's just another control device.
Ok flat earther. I'm gonna need some background behind that one. A mask controls me how? Does it inhibit speech. Surely cars planes and the smog they create the covid and BS you breathe out determines the mask.
I don't wanna inhale your BS I wear a mask. It's my defense against your Betty swollox that you speak.
You were always a prisoner with the illusion of freedom. How does the mask control you?
"95 percent virus filtration"? Seriously?

The level of stupid is high here.

Enjoy the headaches, bacterial and periodontal infections, and heart disease.
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