A Japanese tech firm has developed a Bluetooth-powered masks that not solely protects from the coronavirus,  nevertheless it additionally has a built-in speaker and software program for translating eight languages.

Donut Robotics developed the “c-mask.” They masks will be related to a smartphone app through Bluetooth that can permit the system to transcribe an individual’s speech and translate it into eight totally different languages. It can be used to make telephone calls.

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Japanese startup Donut Robotics’ c-mask and its cell phone software are pictured throughout an illustration in Tokyo, Japan June 23, 2020. Picture taken June 23, 2020.

The C-mask additionally has a built-in speaker to enhance an individual’s voice whereas customers can create recordings utilizing the masks’s microphone and retailer them on the smartphone.

Mask that protects you from COVID-19, has Bluetooth, and might translate languages

Donut Robotics has raised about $260,000 (7 million Yen) by means of Fundinno, a Japanese crowdfunding website, to fund its improvement. According to The Daily Mail, the corporate will launch about 5,000 masks in Japan in September. Each masks might be priced at $37 or 3,980 Yen.

Donut Robotics’ CEO Taisuke Ono advised Reuters in an interview that they’d raised their “initial target of 7 million Yen within three minutes and stopped after 37 minutes when we had reached 28 million Yen.”

There may even be a month-to-month subscription payment to entry translation software program, though the worth has but to be introduced. According to a Japan Today report, the masks’s software program will help eight languages together with Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Thai, Korean, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.

The masks has a easy shell design that appears like a typical business masks used to guard in opposition to COVID-19. Its straps run by means of two small slits on both sides. 

C-mask is predicated on Donut’s ‘Cinnamon’ venture

The thought for the masks got here up as Donut’s engineers searched for a product to assist the corporate survive the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the well being disaster, the corporate simply secured a cope with Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. However, the contract, which is for supplying robotic guides and translators on the airport, faces an unsure future because the air journey trade collapsed through the disaster.

Within a month, the corporate constructed a prototype masks by integrating the interpretation software program for its robotic and a masks, which Donut Engineer Shunsuke Fujibayashi created for a scholar venture 4 years in the past.

Japanese startup Donut Robotics' c-mask and its application in Tokyo

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Japanese startup Donut Robotics’ CEO Taisuke Ono exhibits the c-mask and its cell phone software throughout an illustration in Tokyo, Japan June 23, 2020. Picture taken June 23, 2020.

The firm’s earlier venture, referred to as ‘Cinnamon,’ is a desktop helper robotic that helps reply primary questions. It is used on the airport, reception desks, and customer support stands. The robotic will be set as much as introduce merchandise and it has an “advanced translation function.”

‘We labored onerous for years to develop a robotic and we’ve used that know-how to create a product that responds to how the coronavirus has reshaped society,” Donut Robotics’ CEO Taisuke Ono advised Reuters in an interview.

The firm finally goals to launch the masks exterior of Japan. This early, Ono stated they’ve been receiving robust curiosity from shoppers from China, U.S., and Europe.

Meanwhile, like every other know-how, the C-mask know-how might have additional enhancements to help different capabilities like some augmented actuality (AR) options. Donut says AR might be potential utilizing a built-in Wi-Fi receiver, though it has not given additional particulars on how AR options could be added into the masks.

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