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Razer Project Hazel is an RGB face mask (really)

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Every year at CES, Razer pitches one or two “concept” products that may or may  not ever come to market. In addition to laptops, mice, headsets and whatever else is on the agenda, Razer likes to pitch something imaginative, simply to see whether its futuristic ideas are feasible — and, no doubt, how potential customers might react. This year, Razer’s concept projects include Project Hazel and Project Brooklyn: a futuristic face mask to address public health concerns, and a gaming chair that doubles as an immersive entertainment center, respectively.

In the past, Razer’s concepts have included a full-fledged racing simulator, a laptop that ran off of a smartphone and a laptop with three screens. These concepts don’t often become salable products, although its “Project Breadwinner” toaster did (surprisingly) become a reality, so anything is possible.

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Project Hazel

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Project Hazel is the timelier of Razer’s two concepts from CES 2021. This wearable device is a face mask, much like the ones we’ve been encouraged to wear to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. While cloth masks reduce the risk of disease, however, Razer pointed out how they create some problems. Not being able to see people’s mouths makes it difficult to read facial expressions (or lips, for the hearing-impaired), while cloth tends to muffle conversation and does an imperfect job at filtering out microscopic particles.

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