As the number of coronavirus cases across the world is still increasing, people are getting used to the new ‘normal’. A vaccine for the virus still appears some time away and the best that one can do right now is to take as precautions as possible. In these uncertain times, a Japanese startup has introduced an innovative face mask that could be referred to as a ‘connected’ mask as it comes with an internet connection. The smart face mask can transmit messages, translate from Japanese into eight languages, and can even make calls.

The startup is Donut Robotics and has named the mask as “c-mask”. Made of white plastic, it is a Bluetooth-powered device that can connect to smartphones and tablets through an application that can transcribe speech into text. It can also amplify the voice of the wearer, says the report. The c-mask can be worn over your regular mask.

The engineers at Donut Robotics reportedly got the idea at the right time as their company was nearing its doom during the coronavirus crisis.

Each mask’s price nears about $40 and the company plans to ship the first 5,000 units to Japan at the beginning of September. The startup plans to sell these masks in China, Europe and the US as well.

Taisuke Ono, chief executive of Donut Robotics, in a statement to Reuters, said, “We worked hard for years to develop a robot and we have used that technology to create a product that responds to how the coronavirus has reshaped society.”





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