Known for its gaming hardware and accessories, American manufacturer Razer has showcased a surprising high-tech face mask that filters the surrounding air. Presented at this year’s CES, “Project Hazel” stands apart with its futuristic look, built-in microphones and integrated lighting effects.

This face mask has an adjustable fit, with a silicon guard around the nose and chin to help keep it sealed. The wearer’s face is visible, and there are two ventilation zones — positioned either side of the mouth — to filter the air. According to Razer, this mask, which is currently a prototype, should be able to filter up to 95 percent of airborne particles, including viruses.

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You wouldn’t go unnoticed in the Project Hazel face mask created by Razer. (Image: Razer)

Project Hazel is billed as a face mask that’s safe, social and sustainable. Thanks to built-in microphones and amplifiers, it ensures the wearer can be heard and understood at all times, in spite of the ventilators. And, when it’s dark, the interior of the mask lights up automatically to make sure the wearer can still be seen by others.

Finally, when it’s not being worn, the mask should be stored in its case, where it will not only recharge but also be sterilised via UV light.

The mask, unveiled at CES, may have created a buzz, but it has not yet been slated for release. Find out more here.

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