As gamers know, it's important to have a little bit of RGB here or there in your set up to let people know you're a gamer. I mean, what's a PC without some RGB lighting, RGB RAM, RGB liquid cooling, an RGB, um, case? It's still a PC of course, but where's the drama? Where's the spice? And if during the pandemic you've thought not enough people know you're a gamer out in shops and public places, Razer has a solution for you. An RGB mask.
This new project revealed by the hardware company is named Project Hazel, and ties together RGB with a surgical N95 respirator to make you look like Wrench from Watch Dogs 2 or something. But in all seriousness, the mask is a pretty good idea for several reasons.
As mentioned, the mask contains a surgical N95 respirator, which both has a high bacterial filtration efficiency and high fluid resistance - keeping moisture in and out. There is active ventilation in the mask, which means at least 95% of airborne particles are filtered and Project Hazel even has an auto-sterilization charging case that battles bacteria with UV lighting. It's a pretty impressive interpretation of what masks can be.
But why the lights? Well covering your mouth isn't always helpful for people who rely on lipreading to communicate. The transparent exterior and lights on the inside of the mask help those who need lipreading as a communication tool, while 'Voiceamp' technology (a mic and amplifier) can help others hear you more clearly.
And this isn't even Razer's first step into the mask world because, during 2020, it used some of its facilities to make over a million surgical masks to aide the shortage of supplies in the pandemic, distributing these worldwide. However, as its video says, in this new normal where masks will be something we see much more of, Razer has taken the next step to see what a truly smart mask might look like, which is where Project Hazel comes in.
We have no idea when these masks will become available, but we'll be waiting to see how these perform and how consumers like them when they land.
Featured Image Credit: Razer
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