This "smart mask" can translate languages
and connects to phones
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Startup Donut Robotics invented the "c-mask"
It's made of a white plastic cover
that fits over a standard mask
and connects via Bluetooth
to a phone or tablet app
It can transcribe speeches, make calls, and amplify voices
and convert Japanese into eight other languages
(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) DONUT ROBOTICS CEO, TAISUKE ONO, SAYING:"It's hard to hear what customers at the cash register of supermarkets and convenience stores are saying because there are partitions to prevent droplets. By wearing this mask, it can improve these communications by transcribing the conversations on smartphones or delivering the sound of the voices."
It costs $40 per mask
The first 5,000 c-masks will be ready
for buyers in Japan in September