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Razer to ship Project Hazel N95 respirator in October

The first time we heard about Razer’s Project Hazel N95 respirator was in January of this year, when the pandemic was raging around the world. While some parts of the world are still fighting the pandemic, the pandemic is easing in the US and other countries. Despite that we seem to be on the tail end of the coronavirus pandemic, Razer has announced that it will begin shipping Project Hazel masks in October.

Razer has talked about its plans for shipping the mask at E3. In March, the company said that while people are being vaccinated, it understood some people still wanted to wear a mask to eliminate risk even further. The masks will ship in what Razer calls “drops” in limited quantities, with the first landing around October.

Instagram users wanting to see what the mask looks like on their face can hop over to the mobile site and check out the Project Hazel filter that adds the mask to your picture. The mask has been updated with some modest changes, including an anti-fog coating on the transparent section of the mask. The transparent section is meant to allow people to see the wearer’s face and their expression.

Reports also indicate that the mask has been redesigned with a more streamlined look. Other mask features remain the same as the first time we heard about it, including active ventilation and sterilization capability. In addition, the mask features replaceable filters allowing it to be more sustainable, and it has LED lights on the pods that indicate charge status.

Internal lights make it easier for people around you to see your mouth in low-light situations. Audio processing algorithms pick up the wearer’s speech and amplify it, making it easier for those around you to hear your voice. Razer fits Project Hazel with soft silicone around the edges for an airtight seal along with adjustable air loops. Airflow inside the mask can also be adjusted for comfort, and multiple sizes are available. Pricing is still a mystery, but we should learn that critical detail before October rolls around.



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Razer’s high-tech Project Hazel mask just got some outstanding news

Earlier this year, Razer revealed an interesting RGB mask it called Project Hazel. Of course, there’s a joke about Razer sticking RGB on everything just for the sake of RGB, but beyond the lights, Project Hazel was seemed like a fairly high-tech wearable, with filters, speakers, and even a case that uses ultraviolet light to sterilize the mask when not in use. Now, it seems that Project Hazel is going to become a reality.

While Project Hazel was only a concept when it was revealed back at CES 2021, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan has told Yahoo Finance that it will now become a real product. Initially, it sounds like Razer was hesitant to move Project Hazel from concept to production because when it was first revealed in January, vaccines were on the horizon and it wasn’t clear if we’d still be wearing masks much longer.

It’s clear now that we likely will be wearing masks as the vaccine roll out continues and even for some time afterward, so Razer made the decision to turn Project Hazel into a real product. “We were thinking, this is a concept project and is this going to be relevant when vaccinations and everything has been rolled out. I think moving forward we decided — and I can tell you now — we are going to proceed in making it a reality and ship the smart mask,” Tan told Yahoo Finance.

One potentially attractive thing about Project Hazel is that it solves the sustainability issues that come along with single-use masks. Project Hazel masks are intended to be worn over and over again, and they come with a UV light case that can sterilize it between uses. The mask is also outfitted with a clear shield to show the wearer’s mouth, battery-powered RGB lights, air vents and filters that apparently work as well as N95 masks, and it even has microphones and speakers to amplify the wearer’s voice.

If there’s such a thing as a high-end mask, Project Hazel is probably it. There’s no timeline for its release, but given that Tan thinks that we could be wearing masks for the next year or two, it might be worth investing in one when Project Hazel does eventually make its retail debut.

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