Razer has announced it plans to manufacture and ship the concept N95 face mask it showed at CES 2021 in January. Razer has not announced a price or release plans for the mask, so far only known as Project Hazel, but CEO Min-Liang Tan said it will be coming to market in a recent interview.
“We were thinking, this is a concept project and is this going to be relevant when vaccinations and everything has been rolled out,” Tan told Yahoo Finance. “We are going to proceed in making it a reality and ship the smart mask.”
He went on to acknowledge that vaccinations are coming, but people still have to be careful and when traveling vaccinations may not be as widespread.
The Chroma RGB lighting allows the two ventilators to glow, and even automatically shine light onto your mouth when it gets dark, so others can see you speaking. It’s a smart mask that’s loaded with tech, but Razer insists that it’s comfortable to wear thanks to adjustable ear loops.
Razer hasn’t committed to any type of pricing or a release date, and the company will also need approvals and certifications from the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration. That’s not stopping Razer from making this smart mask real, though.
“Project Hazel is going to be a reality,” says Tan. “We are going to make it happen and I think we will all be, unfortunately, wearing masks for a long time to come.”