Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the masks are immersed in the daily routine of people. Because of this, a Japanese startup, Donut Robotics, saw a market opportunity. They released a high-tech smart mask on face coverings and designed to facilitate communication and social distancing.
The C-Face Smart pCan transcribe sentences, amplify the user’s voice and translate speech into eight languages different Although yes, it does not offer protection against the coronavirus due to the cuts in its front, which they are vital for perspiration.
It is designed to be used over a standard mask, as the CEO of the company, Taisuke Ono, explained on CNN. Made of white plastic and silicone, has a built-in microphone that connects to smartphone via Bluetooth. Your system can translate between Japanese and Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, English, Spanish and French.
Working on a robot
Before the health crisis explodes, Donut Robotics was developing the translation software for a robot named Cinnamon. But when the virus came, the project was suspended. To various team engineers they came up with the idea of integrating such software into a mask, which originated the C-Face Smart.
The mask market is booming given the mandatory nature of its use in the vast majority of countries of the world. Seeing the opportunity to monetize its translation technology, Donut Robotics llaunched a fundraiser in June on the Japanese crowdfunding platform Fundinno which was a success.
It is expected that the first consignment distributed is in Japan in December and its price will be between 40 and 50 dollars. The firm will not expand abroad until April 2021, although already it has raised interest in countries like the United Kingdom and the United States.