Japanese startup creates internet-connected face mask for coronavirus new normal

As face coverings become the norm amid the coronavirus pandemic the Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed an internet-connected “smart mask” that can transmit messages and translate from Japanese into eight other languages.The white plastic c-mask fits over standard face masks and connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone and tablet application that can transcribe speech into text messages, make calls about or amplify the mask wearer’s voice.“We worked hard for years to develop a robot and we have used that technology to create a product that responds to how the coronavirus has reshaped society,” said Taisuke Ono the chief executive of Donut Robotics.

At about $40 per mask, Donut Robotics is aiming at a mass market that did not exist until a few months ago. One aim, he said, is to generate revenue from subscriber services offered via an app that users will download.Donut Robotics built a prototype connected mask within a month by adapting translation software developed for its robot and a mask design that one of the company’s engineers Shunsuke Fujibayashi created four years ago for a student project to interpret speech by mapping face muscles.

Donut Robotics’ engineers came up with the idea for the mask as they searched for a product to help the company survive the pandemic.China to bad aa dekho hun japan walea ne ki kamal kar dita hai te dass daiye ohna ne ik nava hi masak teaar kita hai jo ke ik smart phone nal connect ho janda hai te fer dekho bad ch ki ki kam karda hai eh video ch te eh video nu share kro vad to vad.When the coronavirus struck, it had just secured a contract to supply robot guides and translators to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, a product that faces an uncertain future after the collapse of air travel.

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