You simply can’t maintain Will.i.am away from know-how. The musician, additionally recognized for his position as “Director of Inventive Innovation” at Intel, has managed to search out his means again in headlines because of the Xupermask, a “sensible” face masks designed in collaboration with Honeywell and Black Panther costume designer Jose Fernandez.
In Honeywell’s phrases, the Xupermask is a “one-of-a-kind modern sensible masks for the mid- and post-pandemic world.” It combines Honeywell HEPA filtration with snug sneaker-like mesh material, futuristic design, and wi-fi ANC earbuds, as a result of why not? It additionally options 3-speed followers and LED lighting, in case the earbuds weren’t sufficient.
In an interview with The New York Times, Will.i.am compares the pandemic with a film, and states that “we’re sporting masks from yesterday’s film.” So, fairly naturally, he “needed to make a masks to suit the period that we’re in.” He’s right, masks design continues to be a bit primitive and makes issues like early language development troublesome for kids. However Xupermask appears extra directed towards trend than performance, missing options just like the clear mouth guard or voice amplification system seen in Razer’s Project Hazel masks.
However, Xupermask shares one of many Venture Hazel masks’s best shortcomings—a scarcity of regulatory certification. Each masks are “permitted” for medical use beneath the short-term Emergency Use Authorization act, however until they obtain precise PPE certification, they technically don’t high quality as respiratory protecting units or medical tools. Razer says that it’s perusing regulatory approval throughout its manufacturing course of, however Honeywell will begin promoting its Xupermask April eighth with out going via the FDA first.
The Xupermask is accessible in black or white with two sizing choices. It prices $300 and comes with a carrying case, Three month of HEPA filters, a number of sized ear ideas, a USB-C charging cable, and a further material masks. Impressed by streetwear manufacturers, Honeywell is promoting the Xupermask in small “drops,” with the first drop on April eighth.