While the world veils itself underneath the masks to protect against the COVID-19, Japan’s Donut Robotics came up with a standard-sized smart mask called the C-mask that performs the functions of a smartphone.
It has inbuilt software that enables it to receive messages from the wearer and transfer them back and forth.
Features like making calls, transcribing speeches into texts with its speech recognition facilities, sending messages are programmed and incorporated into this smart mask.
It also has an additional feature of amplifying the user’s voice for clarity and an advanced system to translate Japanese into eight different languages, making it a modified medium for communicating purposes with people around the world.
Taisuke Ono, Donut Robotics’ CEO could predict an impactful alteration that was to be brought upon our society by this unprecedented pandemic scenario. His motive was to keep the companies performing rather than faltering due to this worldwide lockdown.
Taisuke Ono and team said to have worked hard for years to develop a robot and use that technology to create a product that responds to the reshaping of our society by the Coronavirus. This C-mask seems to be at its preliminary stage where the user can simply connect the mask via Bluetooth.
This also aims at minimizing physical contact with gadgets such as phones thereby reducing the chances of virus transmission to the user that had gathered on the surface body of these smartphones.
With the market economy risking to face depression, and global sales faltering by 20%, the introduction of C-masks can be accounted for as a smart, profitable gadget not only for the consumers but also for the Japanese market scenario.
Donut Robotics aims to introduce almost 5000 such masks to the Japanese buyers and later build an advanced system that can be sold across China, U.S.A., and Europe by September 2020.
In today’s scenario, where the world appears within the grasp via smart technology, this $40 C-mask comes at a cheaper price with all the usual features of a smartphone embedded in its system. Moreover, it comes with the facility of a contactless system, that makes it easier and safer for the users who tend to travel more in this time of uncertainty.