Japanese startup makes connected 'smart mask', will translate to 8 languages

Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed an internet connected 'smart mask', which can transmit messages and translate from Japanese to eight other languages.

The use of face masks has become the 'new normal' due to the circumstances that have arisen due to the corona epidemic worldwide.
  Meanwhile, Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed an Internet-connected 'smart mask', which can transmit messages and translate from Japanese to eight other languages, according to a report by news agency Reuters, called the white plastic 'C-mask'  'Will fit above the standard face mask and connect to a smartphone or tablet app via Bluetooth.  This app will work like transcribing the speech in a text message, making calls and amplifying the voice of the mask wearer.

Taisuke Ono, chief executive of Donut Robotics, said, 'We developed a robot after years of hard work and now we have used this technology to create products that will help the new society change due to Corona.  Engineers from Donut Robotics came up with the idea of ​​face masks, as they were looking for a product that could save the company in times of epidemics.  The company's first 5,000 C-masks will be made available to Japanese customers from early September.  Also, the company is thinking of selling it in China, US and Europe as well.

A mask has been priced at $ 40 (about Rs 3,000).  Donut Robotics aims for a larger market, which did not exist until a few months ago.  Ono said that they are thinking about generating revenue by offering subscriber service through the app.

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