'Connected' face mask

'Connected' face mask

1. Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed an Internet-connected “smart mask” that can transmit messages and translate from Japanese into eight other languages.
2. 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.
3. Donut Robotics built a prototype connected mask within a month by adapting translation software developed for its robot and a mask design that one of the company’s engineers, Shunsuke Fujibayashi, created four years ago.
4. Donut Robotics’ first 5,000 c-masks will be shipped to buyers in Japan starting in September at about $40 per mask.

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