With COVID-19 pandemic changing the landscape of businesses across the planet and face masks becoming a norm, Donut Robotics, a Japanese robotics startup, came up with an idea of a smart mask that translates into eight languages – Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, English, Spanish and French.
The world’s first smart mask, named “C-FACE”, is made of white plastic and silicone. It has an embedded microphone that connects to wearer’s smartphone via bluetooth and can translate into 8 languages, make calls, deliver voice and conversation to text or amplify wearer voice. With the latest robot technology, Donut Robotics claims that the translation offered will be better than the other translation APIs such as Google Translate.
The company says that it can also make minutes of a meeting and is planning to bring VR and AR support in the future.
Although the mask comes with all the smart features, it doesn’t offer protection against the coronavirus due to the cutouts on the front that are vital for breathability. Instead, it is designed to be worn over a standard face mask, explains Donut Robotics CEO Taisuke Ono.
The C-FACE smart mask has a price tag of US $40 and the first 5,000 masks will be available first to Japanese buyers this September, with the US, China, and Europe to follow. The company states that it has received requests for these smart masks from 35 countries.
Watch the C-FACE smart mask introductory video made by the company.
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