Project Hazel becomes Zephyr: Razer has largely completed its face mask and is looking for beta testers in the community.
Razer is one step further with its Project Hazel – the previous codename for the face mask of the US-Americans. It is now officially called Zephyr and Razer has launched a campaign so that beta testers can try out the mask for themselves.
Project Hazel was first shown as a prototype at CES 2021 in January. Even then, this had an active filter system with two RGB fans. In addition, there is a microphone to amplify one’s own voice and a transparent mouth cover so that lip movements and facial expressions can be recognized.
According to Razer, the Zephyr is said to have a bacteria filtering efficiency of 99 percent, which is slightly above an IIR type surgical mask. By comparison, FFP2 masks must filter 94 percent of all airborne particles that are 0.6 μm or larger. The Zephyr face mask is charged in a box that uses UV light to kill bacteria as well as viruses.
There have been some changes since Project Hazel was unveiled, for example, the inside of the mask is now illuminated in addition to the fans. For the Zephyr, Razer also mentions silicone padding and a coating that is supposed to reduce fogging caused by breathing air. There is a new cover on the underside at chin level, the purpose of which is unknown.
Even though many countries have been vaccinating against the coronavirus for months, there is still a need for face masks. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, therefore, emphasized in March 2021 that Project Hazel and Zephyr respectively will actually become reality and the smart mask will be produced.
Those who sign up for the beta test agree to provide the manufacturer with images and feedback of the Zephyr across all Razer channels. Razer has not yet announced when the face mask will be available and how much it will cost.
You can apply here: https://www.razer.com/campaigns/road-to-zephyr