Japanese Researchers Create “SMART MASK” with Built-in Speakers And Software

Japanese Researchers Create “SMART MASK” with Built-in Speakers And Software

Japanese Researchers Create “SMART MASK” with Built-in Speakers And Software
Photo: The Daily Mail UK

A technology company from Japan developed a smart mask that can use a speaker to amplify a person’s voice.

The name of the mask is “c-mask,” converting a person’s speech into text. It then translates it into eight different languages through a smartphone app.

The smart mask can be connected to the app via Bluetooth. The user can also use the mask to make a phone call.

Japanese Researchers Create “SMART MASK” with Built-in Speakers And Software
Photo: The Daily Mail UK

It features a built-in speaker to augment a person’s voice. Meanwhile, users can also create recordings using the mask’s microphone and store them on the smartphone.

Donut Robotics developed the mask. It raised $260,000 to fund its development through a Japanese crowdsourcing app site called Fundinno.

Its CEO Taisuke Ono said in his interview that they reached their initial target within three minutes. They stopped after 37 minutes when they reached millions of yen already.

The tech company plans to produce around 5,000 smart masks. They will distribute the mask in Japan by September. The retail price of the mask will be around $37.

Further, the company plans to charge additional monthly subscription fee to access translation services. The company  will announce the exact price of the subscription before the product launching.

The languages included in the app are English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian.

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