INTRO: Since the rise of the Coronavirus, face masks have become an essential add-on to our everyday attire. We have seen tons of various sorts of face masks pop-up within the consumer market. You have the over-protective BioVYZR, the self-sterilizing “Leaf” mask, and therefore the mask that shows our lip movement. However, none of those masks can hook up with our smartphones and translate languages. Well, now we have the “C-Mask” which will do both.
Developed by a Japanese robotics startup, Donut Robotics, the “C-Mask” is that the world’s first “smart mask” which will hook up with smartphones while it protects users from the Novel Coronavirus. The “smart” mask also can translate the Japanese language into 8 different languages with the assistance of the company’s “C-Connect” app.
A Smart Wearable for Your Face
Now, the “C-Mask” looks a bit like the other regular mask. However, there’s a little power button at the top-right corner of the mask which users can press to show on the mask.
After turning on, the mask uses Bluetooth technology to attach to a smartphone. Now, after a successful pairing of both the devices, the “C-mask” essentially becomes a sensible wearable device with which users can perform various tasks that need a smartphone.
For starters, the mask can translate languages as I discussed earlier. However, for additional translation services, you have to pay a monthly fee. Nonetheless, aside from the interpretation feature, the “C-Mask” also can take dictation, and even make phone calls from your device.
Another nifty feature of the mask allows you to control the quantity of your voice (translated or native) to cut-off the difficulty of muffled voice while wearing the mask. So, with the “C-Mask” on, you’ll rest assured that your voice will sound crystal clear on the phone even when you’re wearing the mask.
So, as these awesome features accompany the “C-Mask”, the name of the mask comes from these very features. The company gave the name “C-Mask” for following the “five Cs” that this mask prioritizes — a reference to smartphones, clear voice, cool design, clean material, and combat against the Coronavirus.
The company aims to distribute the primary 5,000 C-masks in Japan by September. Once done, the corporate will then obey from European, American, and Chinese consumers.
Now, each C-Mask costs around 3,980 Yen (~$37) which roughly translates to Rs 2760. You can inspect the “smart” mask on Donut Robotics’ official website