As are we getting used to the new normal during the coronavirus pandemic, a Japanese startup company called Donut Robotics has created an innovative face mask that is able to connect to the internet and receive messages too.
The smart connected face mask is able to transmit messages, comes with an internet connection and can translate Japanese to over 8 languages, including making calls too.
The innovative idea was envisioned by robotics startup, Donut Robotics and has become a hot topic among the tech industry enthusiasts. The startup has also named the technology ‘c-mask’.
The face mask is made of white plastic and has Bluetooth capabilities giving it the ability to connect to smartphones and tablets through an application that can transcribe speech into text. It is also capable of amplifying the wearer’s voice according to the report.
Donut Robotics came up with the idea during a time when the company was facing possible shut down due to the negative effects of the coronavirus crisis which has affected several economies negatively. The marvellous idea will now be what the company needs to save it from doom.
Donut Robotics developed face masks that are connected to the internet with the ability to transcribe human voice into text
Each of the masks cost $40 (UGX 149,229) and the company is gearing up for a major shipment of over 5,000 of them to Japan including other countries like China, the United States and Europe too.
Taisuke Ono, chief executive of Donut Robotics, in a statement to Reuters, said, ‘We worked hard for years to develop a robot and we have used that technology to create a technology that responds to how the coronavirus has reshaped the society.”
At the time when the coronavirus had become a threat, with the virus continuing to spread worldwide, Donut Robotics had secured a contract to supply robot guides and translators to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport but now the future of the project hangs in the balance which is why the startup had no choice but to get creative.
By adapting the translation software developed for its airport guides, and a mask designed by one of the company’s engineers Shunsuke Fujibayashi, Donut Robotics built a prototype of the wearable c-mask.
The company’s first round of orders is expected to ship to buyers in Japan in September.
Source: Gadgets Now
Author: Allan Bangirana
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