As health experts suggest the continuous use of face masks for a couple of years even when vaccines become available. Tech companies have been developing products and gadgets to keep peole safe against the dreaded coronavirus.
According to CNET, the ongoing virtual Consumer Electrionics Showcase (CES) 2021 becomes a platform to platform for these innovative products.
Binatone MaskFone: $50 washable mask with Built-in Mic, Bluetooth Earbuds
During the CES 2021, Binatone unveiled its MaskFone, a washable fabric mask with an N95 filter that also works as a wireless Bluetooth headset. This is really helpful for people who have to take calls while outside like essential service workers and frontliners.
This $50 N95 mask is equipped with a Bluetooth headset, which allows users to speak on the phone even without a mask-muffled voice. The mask's ear loops house the earbuds, which are connected to cable clips that are hooked around the ears.
The headset's wiring is self-contained while the mask also has volume control as well as play and pause buttons. One of the unique features of this mask is that it has Alexa, Amazon, and Siri integration, so users can play music using voice controls. The Bluetooth headset can last for 12 hours, so users can charge the mask after.
Binatone claims MaskFone is IPX5 certified, so it can be worn for light workouts and even under a bit of rain while experts advise against wearing masks while exercising.
Based on the company's website, the headset is equipped with background noise isolation, so it can be used outdoors. With this mask, users no longer need to take out their phones and use it with their masks on and contaminate them. The MaskFone comes in two sizes, S/M and M/L, and is being sold at $49.99. Binatone also sells a set of five N95 filters as well as 30 PM2.5 filters both for $19.99.
Meanwhile, the mask cannot be washed entirely, but users can remove the earbuds and filter before cleaning the mask fabric, so it can be used repeatedly.
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Binatone MaskFone Features, Design Reviews
The MuskFone's overall design is practical, simple, wearable, yet stylish, which makes it easy and comfortable to wear, even on a daily basis.
With its breathable fabric, MaskFone can be used as a sporty face mask. The low-profile design ensures an even and clean fit while leaving a space in the nose bridge for wearing glasses or sunnies, which reduces the fogging of the lens. Since the lower edge of the mask hugs the chin, it does not allow any single particle to go near the user's mouth.
Meanwhile, the Bluetooth headset function and virtual assistant connectivity is a great plus. Truly, the MaskFone redefines the new normal under a pandemic.
Aside from Binatone MaskFone, other products have been introduced as well during the CES 2021. Alarm.com unveiled its Touchless Video Doorbell to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria, which the company says is another way to "stay vigilant and protect one another."
Also, Korean brand LG launched some new air purifiers, including a portable Puriview Mini purifier and a battery-powered mask with built-in purifier. Moreover, there are also ultraviolet light-radiating robots that disinfect high-traffic areas like retail stores, restaurants, or corporate offices.
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Written by CJ Robles