Japanese startup develops 'internet-connected' face mask for coronavirus
Even though Japanese has less number of cases in COVID-19, due to ,most of were using the face mask since ages, a Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed an internet-connected “smart mask” -that can transmit messages and translate from Japanese into eight other languages.
The white plastic c-mask fits over standard face masks and connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone and tablet application that can transcribe speech into text messages, make calls, or amplify the mask wearer’s voice.
“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,” said Taisuke Ono, the chief executive of Donut Robotics.
At about $40 per mask, Donut Robotics is aiming at a mass market that did not exist until a few months ago, as per Wionews. Donut Robotics’ first 5,000 c-masks will be shipped to buyers in Japan starting in September.
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