This ‘smart’ face mask can translate what you say into eight languages

It was solely a matter of time earlier than face masks turned high-tech. Japanese firm Donut Robotics has developed a face masks with ‘sensible’ capabilities, together with the power to translate what the wearer is saying into eight totally different languages.

The C-FACE Sensible Masks nonetheless protects from the unfold of covid, however also can translate the wearer’s speech from Japanese into Vietnamese, English, Spanish, Chinese language, Korean, Thai, Indonesian and French. It really works by connecting to a smartphone app by way of Bluetooth to translate the phrases into textual content messages and also can dictate speech and make calls.

Taisuke Ono, chief govt of Donut Robotics, mentioned: “We labored arduous for years to develop a robotic and we’ve used that know-how to create a product that responds to how the coronavirus has reshaped society.”

The white plastic face masks was developed as the corporate looked for a product to assist them survive the pandemic. When the pandemic struck Donut Robotics had finalised a deal to provide robotic guides and translators to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, however this deal stays up within the air.

Estimated to value $40 (£31) per masks, the primary 5,000 masks will likely be out there to Japanese consumers in September earlier than increasing to China, the US and Europe, too.