Razer for health
Honestly, Razer is not a debutante in the subject of masks. As the pandemic began to develop, the company set aside some of its capacity to manufacture disposable surgical masks. Probably on this occasion, the company’s designers came up with the idea of preparing a mask that would be a full-fledged Razer-style product. The Hazel project, that is how the mask was called, so far as a concept product, appeared at the ongoing CES 2021 fair and it must be admitted, it looks very interesting.
Not only RGB backlight
However, those who thought that Razer only “gotten” a reusable mask, such as the one from Xiaomi, with a fan and LEDs, would be wrong. The project, apart from the design, which, as almost everyone knows, is subject to the old Latin principle of “degustibus …”, has some very interesting solutions that, looking through the prism of my experience with various masks, I would like to see in action.
The first thing that catches the eye is the use of transparent material on almost the entire length of the mask, thanks to which our face and mouth will be visible to the interlocutors. The mask is equipped with a microphone and a loudspeaker, thanks to which it will strengthen our voice while speaking. The ventilation system is, like in the previously described LG mask, active and based on two built-in fans. The device’s batteries are charged after placing it in a dedicated case, which at the same time disinfects the mask using ultraviolet light.
Lighting not only as a gadget
When it comes to lighting, LEDs are placed in delicate rings surrounding the ventilation slots. I must admit that it was done with taste and is not as vulgar as typical gaming projects. In Razer, you can see that more and more products are moving to the category of marking the gaming character, instead of banging it on the head.
The most interesting thing, however, is that additional lighting was also installed inside the mask. Thanks to this, we can illuminate … our lips. When we talk in places with poor lighting, it is supposed to improve the comfort of our interlocutor. Personally, I think that at least during the first meeting, people will look at the owner of the mask as an alien and it will be hard for them to focus on the topic of the conversation 🙂
My attention was also drawn to large silicone and contoured gaskets for the nose and cheeks. Combined with active ventilation, the mask should allow comfortable use of glasses. It cannot be denied that the pairing of lenses is the most troublesome thing associated with wearing masks.
Product or marketing
Hazel is supposed to be N95 class, but the question remains whether it will appear on the market as a product or is just a marketing gimmick prepared for the needs of CES. The mask on the stand was described as a concept product and journalists were not allowed to try it on. However, if it ends up in stores, the question is how it will be priced. The LG face mask is not cheap and this design looks more advanced. In addition, Razer already belongs to premium brands, so it can be assumed that the price can be very high. We will see what it will be like in the coming months.
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