One of the Razer concept devices unveiled at CES earlier this year is a high-tech face mask with working RGB lights called Project Hazel. While it is a lot more tech-infused than most masks, it looked like it had the most potential to become a real product among all of the concepts presented by the company at the event. Now Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said Yahoo finance that the electronics maker plans to turn Project Hazel masks into reality.
The Project Hazel mask looks like it came straight out of a ninja-Blade runner cross film with its RGB lighting and transparent front cover that allow people to see your mouth. It also has a built-in microphone and speaker that can amplify your voice when you speak. Project Hazel is expected to be as effective as an N95 mask with pods of bacterial filtration efficiency that can trap 95% of airborne particles. It will also feature adjustable straps to create an airtight seal, and it will have the ability to evacuate CO2 and bring in fresh air.
Min-Liang Tan did not say when the mask would go into production, but did explain why Razer decided to make it. He said the company realized people might still want to mask themselves even with vaccinations as an added precaution. Additionally, many countries may not be able to immunize their entire population within a year or two, meaning travelers will need to continue to use masks to protect themselves.
“So with that in mind, we’re going to go ahead and resolve the enduring aspect of the mask which is one of the big things for us,” he said. “Project Hazel is going to be a reality. We are going to make it happen and I think we will all, unfortunately, be wearing masks for a long time to come.”