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Razer will release its N95 medical-grade facemask with Chroma RGB

Razer Project Hazel Human
Razer Project Hazel Human (Image credit: Razer)

What you need to know

  • Razer will make a hi-tech facemask with a clear cover and voice amplification.
  • It was initially announced as a concept called Project Hazel but will go into production.
  • The facemask will also include RGB lighting to match many of Razer's other products.

Razer announced a concept facemask called Project Hazel in January. The facemask features a transparent design so that people can see your facial expressions, as well as several hi-tech components. While Project Hazel was initially just a concept, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan told Yahoo Finance that the company is working to make it into a reality.

On the protection side of things, Project Hazel features N95 medical-grade respirators with "detachable and rechargeable active ventilators and Smart Pods." The Smart Pods have high bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) to remove 95 percent of airborne particles with a "high fluid resistance."

But Razer isn't just making a safe and comfortable facemask; it also has tech built-in. Communication through the mask should be much easier than normal cloth masks because it has VoiceAmp tech. This "uses a built-in microphone and amplifier to enhance the user's speech." It also has a clear design so people can see your lips and facial expressions.

The mask also has interior lights that make it easier for people to see you in different lighting conditions. It also has "two customizable Razer Chroma RGB lighting zones offering 16.8 million colors and a suite of dynamic lighting effects."

Razer discussed Project Hazel back in January in a video:

Tan told Yahoo Finance:

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.

While many countries and regions are doing well in terms of vaccination efforts, there are still risks that these masks can help protect people from. Tan explained the several factors involved:

We've realised that even with vaccinations we are hearing you still have to be masked up because there is still the risk factor that even if you're vaccinated, you still need to be incredibly careful. Secondly, there are also many countries that are unlikely that are going to get the whole [scale] of vaccinations in the next year or even two so travelling everyone should be very careful.So with that in mind, we are going to go ahead and solve the sustainable aspect of the mask which is one of the big things for us. Project Hazel is going to be a reality. We are going to make it happen, and I think we will all will be, unfortunately, wearing masks for a long time to come.

Our executive editor Daniel Rubino covered the ins and outs of Project Hazel when it was first announced.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

7 Comments
  • I've been vaccinated, but I still wear a mask in public out of courtesy (plus it is still cold/flu season). But I still need to pull it down from time to time to talk to my wife, who is hard of hearing and reads lips. While the RGB aspect is not all that appealing to me, I do appreciate the rest of the design intentions.
  • If I saw someone wearing this I would loath them for their wasteful affluence, abominable fashion sense, and pathetic display needless consumerism as they imply to me a shamefully depressing prediction that they believed the pandemic will last for years longer. Nobody cares how many millions of colors you can display on your cheeks. Do you know how much cheaper and better for the environment a plain clear mask would be?
  • I hope that days ahead are brighter, so that your heart can be a bit less bitter.
  • If you have to wear one, why not make it fun?
  • I bet you're fun at parties....
  • Dude, that is a lot of petty resentment for one sentence. The least you could do is spread it over a couple paragraphs.
  • "Nobody cares how many millions of colors you can display on your cheeks." Tell that to makeup companies.