Back when the pandemic was in full swing, Razer began manufacturing and donating masks to those in need. We suspect it was at this time that chief executive officer Min-Liang Tan decided the world needed something more permanent than a cloth mask.
Enter Project Hazel, a face mask that features a surgical N95 respirator, auto-sterilisation and RGB lighting.
While Project Hazel seemed like one of Razer’s famous jokes, earlier this year Tan revealed that the mask was real and it would be shipping out. Unfortunately we weren’t told when until this week.
At its E3 2021 presentation Tan announced that Razer would releas Project Hazel in limited drops through the Razer website in “early Q4”, just in time for Christmas.
According to a report from The Verge, Tan also said that new features had been added to the mask. These include an anti-fog coating on the interior of the mask as well as interior lighting (as opposed to RGB lighting exclusively on the ventilators).
Unfortunately, while you can sign-up for notifications about those aforementioned drops, there’s no word on how much this mask will cost. Considering the lighting, batteries, charging case with UV light and the filters, we’re going to take a stab and say this mask will be expensive.
If you want to see what the mask looks like on your face you can use this Instagram filter for free and for us at least, that’s likely the closest we’ll come to the mask.
We know you’ve been waiting for the Project Hazel smart mask to become a reality – we’re working on it and there’ll be news soon! Meantime, we’ve made our Project Hazel smart mask available as an Instagram AR Filter. Check out how it looks like on you: https://t.co/jGFjDnZHDU pic.twitter.com/j8bo5twjYU
— R Λ Z Ξ R (@Razer) April 24, 2021