At CES 2021
Razer took the floor at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, producing and donating approximately one million masks to hospitals and healthcare providers around the world. That experience led the company to design Project Hazel, a concept product that solves some of the social and sustainability problems of disposable masks without compromising the safety of the wearer.
Project Hazel concept masks have adjustable ear loops, removable N95 filters, an amplifier for your voice and rechargeable Chroma RGB lights. While the RGB lighting may seem redundant, the LEDs can actually illuminate your mouth as you speak, allowing people to see your facial expressions or read your lips through the masks’ clear plastic mouth shield.
A quote from Min-Liang Tan’s interview with Yahoo Finance (typos and all):
We have realized that even with vaccinations, we hear that you still need to be masked because there is still a risk factor that even if you have been vaccinated, you still have to be incredibly careful. Second, there are also many countries that are unlikely to get the whole [scale] of vaccinations in the next year or even two, so when traveling, everyone has to be very careful.
Razer has not announced a pricing or release date for its Project Hazel mask, which requires government approval like any other form of personal protective equipment. That said, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan claims the mask will go into production soon. Even if Project Hazel launches in 2022, many people will continue to wear masks on a voluntary basis, so there will still be a need for such a product.
Source: Razer via Yahoo Finance, The Verge