Japanese startup creates ‘connected’ face mask for coronavirus new normal

Japanese startup creates 'connected' face mask for coronavirus new normal

This mask will also allow the organisation to generate revenue via subscriptions from the app that the company will launch. To make that more interesting and purposeful, a Japanese company has a made a smart mask called "c-mask". Developed in Japan, Reuters reports that the mask connects wirelessly to the internet via a smartphone.

A Japanese startup firm has unveiled a smart face mask that connects to smartphones and lets users make calls remotely, without speaking directly into their mobiles. Ono reveals that when the virus struck, their company had just clinched a contract to manufacture robot guides and translators to the Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

Thus, Donut Robotics feel that tapping into a new market will help them sustain the company and be profitable.

Then, they could show it to an individual standing nearby or send it via supported instant messaging services like LINE. At the moment, the smart mask can also be used to take notes and minutes, but the Japanese company says on its website that it's aiming to expand into augmented reality and virtual reality capabilities at a later date. For instance, when you are out and receive a phone call, the mask can block your voice making it hard for the other person to hear you.

Donut Robotics' initially 5,000 c-masks will be shipped to purchasers in Japan commencing in September, with Ono seeking to provide in China, the United States and Europe far too.

Ono said that each masks costs around $40.

Donut Robotics already built a prototype connected mask with a month by using translation software developed for its robot and a mask designed by the company's engineer Shunsuke Fujibayashi, who created a student project to interpret speech by mapping face muscles. Ono said that the mask was developed four years ago and was meant to interpret speech by analyzing facial muscles. The money to create the product, equivalent to $260,000, came from the sale of Donut Robotics shares through crowdfunding site Fundinno. He said that we set our initial target of 7 million yen within three minutes and closed it after 37 minutes, during which we had collected 28 million yen.

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