Razer has been making cloth face masks and donating them to hospital staff since the start of the COVID-1
Project Hazel is a full plastic N95 mask with a silicone membrane to seal the user’s nose, chin and jaw. The removable filters are on either side (the little gas mask-like protrusions) with integrated RGB LED lights. But the electronics are not just cosmetic: to facilitate communication, the mask contains a small microphone and amplifier, hopefully with which the “Eh?” back and forth of social interactions.
The mask is also transparent, which improves body language and lip reading. There are extra lights on the inside that show your mouth even in the dark – which seems like an exaggeration, because it’s not like you could see people’s faces in the dark without a mask. Project Hazel has a full charging case with UV lights inside, which disinfects the case while charging. The mask is available in black or white variants.
Unlike some of the more bizarre concept devices Razer is showing at CES, the Hazel Mask may actually enter production later this year. To quote the press release:
“The smart mask concept will be further optimized through rigorous testing and user feedback to ensure safety compliance and maximum comfort and usability. Design improvements will also continue to support changing user needs and deliver value without compromising functionality and performance. Project Hazel will be the foundation of Razer’s continued support and commitment to public health and safety within the community. “