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January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Gaming equipment maker Razer has created a reusable face mask featuring a medical-grade respirator and an in-built microphone and amplifier.

(CNN)Gaming equipment maker Razer has created a reusable face mask featuring a medical-grade respirator and an in-built microphone and amplifier.

Dubbed Project Hazel, the mask, which is currently a concept and not available to buy, addresses "the environmental issues of disposable masks, while enhancing the features of a multi-use personal protective covering," according to a press release from Razer, published Tuesday.

The company, a major hardware maker known for its computer mice and laptops, says the mask uses an N95 medical-grade respirator; detachable and rechargeable ventilators; and airflow regulators.

The mask's transparent design allows people to see the wearer's face, and lights inside the mask activate automatically in the dark.

"The Project Hazel smart mask concept is intended to be functional, yet comfortable and useful for interacting with the world, while maintaining a sociable aesthetic," Min-Liang Tan, Razer's co-founder and CEO, said in the release.

Razer said it will optimize the mask through testing and feedback from users but didn't say when it might put it into production.

And in May the company, which is headquartered in both Singapore and Las Vegas, said it would give out millions of free face masks in Singapore as the country grappled with a surge in coronavirus cases.

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