Japanese Startup Creator Connected Face Mask For Coronavirus New Normal
Smart Face MaX also translates the Japanese language into eight other languages.
Also enhances the user’s voice so that the sound is heard louder
Tokyo Japanese startup Donut Robotics has designed an Internet-connected ‘smart mask’, which not only transmits messages but also translates Japanese into eight other languages.
The ‘C-mask’ made of white plastic fits over the standard face mask. It can be connected to smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth. After connecting, it not only converts speech to text messages, connected face mask but users can also make calls from it. The mask also amplifies the voice of the user so that his voice is heard loudly by the other person.
Chief Executive of Donut Robotics, Tisuke Ono said, “We worked hard for years to develop this robot and we have used this technology to create a product that demonstrates how coronavirus has changed society
Were looking for a product that would protect our company in a epidemic – donut robotic
The donut robotics engineers came up with the idea of making masks because they were looking for a product that could help the company save the epidemic. connected face mask When the coronavirus outbreak occurred, it received a contract with the supply of robot guides and translators at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, a product that had to face considerable difficulties after winding up.
The company will sell 5000 masks in September, the price of one is around 3 thousand rupees
The Donut Robotics 5000 thousand C-mask will be made available to buyers in Japan in September, while it will also be sold through Ono in China, the US, and Europe. Because these countries have also shown interest in it.
A face mask costs $ 40, which is about 3,000 rupees. Donut Robotics wants to target the mass market. connected face mask The company also reported that revenue would be generated by customer service through an app downloaded by users.
Prototype ready within a month
Donut Robotics produced a prototype of the connected masks within a month. For this, he adopted translation software that mapped facial muscles and converted them into speech. It was designed for a student project four years ago by the company’s own engineer Shunsuke Fujibayashi.
1.98 crores raised through crowdfunding
Ono raised 28 million (approximately Rs. 1.98 crores) to build it by selling shares of Donut Robotics through Japanese Crowdfunding Fund Funding. He said that we set our initial target of 7 million yen within three minutes and closed it after 37 minutes, during which we had collected 28 million yen.