Razer announced its two new smart innovative concepts at CES 2021 called “Project Hazel”, the world’s smartest mask and most social-friendly face mask for safe communication, and second projects called “Project Brooklyn”, a next-generation gaming station with immersive functionality and a transformable interface.
The smart mask focuses on helping boost the convenience of everyday wear while addressing common challenges of social interaction, while the new transformable gaming chair offers full-scale immersion in a lightweight form factor from its haptics, graphics, and lighting.
“Project Hazel” – Razer Smart Face Mask
Project Hazel has a simple, transparent design for enhanced social interaction, so those around you can see facial signals such as a smile or laugh and encourage the hard of hearing to read what the wearer is saying. In the dark, interior lights automatically activate, allowing wearers to express themselves clearly irrespective of lighting conditions.
With N95 medical-grade respirator protection, the mask concept design innovates by using detachable and rechargeable active ventilators and Smart Pods that control airflow for maximum breathability. Smart Pods filter at least 95% of airborne particles with their high bacterial filtration capacity (BFE) and have high fluid resistance.
The Project Hazel smart mask uses replaceable and rechargeable disc-type ventilators to minimize the waste generated by disposable masks, which can be easily sanitized from bacteria and viruses by putting it inside its dual-purpose wireless fast charging box with UV light interior disinfection.
Lighting indicators display charge levels, and maximum charge long-lasting battery life easily makes all-day mask use. The waterproof, scratch-resistant mask, made of recyclable plastic to significantly reduce the waste produced by disposable masks, is as tough as it is sustainable.
With active air cooling and control, the silicon-lined smart mask provides convenience, bringing fresh air in and venting out CO2. The effect is an air-tight seal from its interchangeable ear loops, allowing custom sizes for a safe fit that prevents the mouth from being obstructed. Wearers will enable two adjustable Razer Chroma RGB lighting zones offering 16.8 million colors and a suite of dynamic lighting effects for extra user entertainment and style.
In order to ensure safety compliance and optimal comfort and usability, the smart mask design will continue to be refined through thorough testing and user feedback. In order to support the changing needs of users and to provide value without sacrificing functionality and efficiency, design updates will also be continuous. Project Hazel will be central to Razer’s continuing support and contribution within the city to public health and safety.
“Razer recognizes the complexity of the path ahead, and so it was our responsibility to help defend and train our community members from invisible threats,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer’s co-founder, and CEO.” “The smart mask concept of Project Hazel is intended to be functional, yet comfortable and useful for interacting with the world while preserving a sociable aesthetic.”
“Project Brooklyn” – Next Generation Gaming Station with Immersive Functionality
The Project Brooklyn gaming chair concept design, built for all types of gamers and designed to fit comfortably in your bedroom or game room, transforms from an ergonomic gaming chair to a full-fledged entertainment powerhouse that provides both PC and console gaming with stunning, next-gen immersion.
Project Brooklyn is a cutting-edge gaming chair made with carbon fiber and RGB lighting, quickly converted into a completely immersive gaming station complete with panoramic visuals from a 60-inch rollout monitor, riveting tactile feedback built into the bench, and customizable peripheral tables with 4D armrests. The present styles of all-in-one chairs that include seating and installed hardware in the “cockpit” style are usually room-sized and the costs are astronomical.
Project Brooklyn makes leaps forward in consumer touchpoints with design inspiration from the Razer Iskur launched in October 2020, linking the gaming chair to the monitor and its more practical components such as armrests, while also offering comfort from soft, high-density foam cushions that support your specific body shape. In a solid carbon fiber body, the leather-stitched seat back is designed to maintain optimal posture during gaming marathons.
Complete with cable-routing, the flexible platform on which the chair sits takes design inspiration from the Razer Raptor monitor. A 60 ” full surround OLED monitor for beautiful visual detail is mounted from the chair’s backbone and deployable with the click of a button. When not in use, the roll-out monitor assembly folds back into the chair, plunging you into the middle of the action with crisp detail and a savory panoramic experience.
With versatile ergonomics, the completely modular 4D armrests conveniently tuck away collapsible tables, enabling you to move seamlessly between mouse-and-keyboard PC gaming and console gaming. In each armrest, there are separate panels allowing for different ergonomics of the keyboard and mouse and each half folds away when not in use.
“The Brooklyn Project is an exciting concept built on the true essence of a fully immersive gaming station,” Min-Liang Tan said. “A unique gameplay experience will be delivered by haptic feedback, visuals, and overall functional design with attention to ergonomics.”
Razer will continue to refine this idea of the gaming chair, performing experiments to benchmark viability, comfort, and success with top athletes and influencers in esports. The idea of Project Brooklyn is intended to provide insights into how user mechanics and design can be enhanced to provide a more enjoyable gameplay experience and motivate Razer’s growing gaming chair portfolio in the near future.
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