Donut Robotics debuts connected face mask

Japanese Startup Creates Face Mask Attachment With Transcribing And Translating Functions

Wearing a face mask has become a norm and while most of us have gotten used to it, they can get a little cumbersome.

With face coverings becoming part of the new normal in a world plagued with the coronavirus pandemic, Donut Robotics, a startup in Japan, has developed a "smart mask" that can connect to the Internet, send messages, and translate from the Japanese languages into eight other dialects. This mask can also be heard by reading the messages on the phone.

It was the developers of Donut Robotics that concocted the thought for the mask so as to help the company endure the pandemic. The company has named this special mask as c-mask which will be connected to the Bluetooth of the smartphone and will operate through a mobile app.

The company originally secured a contract to supply robots that function as guides and translators to Haneda Airport in Tokyo prior to the coronavirus attack, but the deal now remains in limbo as air travel is still faced with restrictions.

According to the CEO of Donut Robotics, Taisuke Ono, they have been working hard for many years to develop various types of robots that assist in many sectors of society.

To tackle these challenges and bridge the communication gaps, Donut Robotics, the company that built the famous Cinnamon robot, is offering the new c-mask. One aim, that he said, is always to generate revenue from subscriber services offered via an app that users will download. The company's first round of orders is expected to ship to buyers in Japan in September. Ono says the company hopes to sell the masks in China, the United States and Europe in the near future.

Japanese startup Donut Robotics' CEO Taisuke Ono shows the c-mask and its mobile phone application.

Donut Robotics created a prototype related mask within a thirty day period by adapting translation computer software designed for its robotic and a mask layout that 1 of the company's engineers, Shunsuke Fujibayashi, established four yrs back for a pupil venture to interpret speech by mapping face muscular tissues.