C-Face smart mask to provide transcription and translation

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NEWS – Masks.  They’re everywhere in this COVID-19 world we now live in.  Besides being hot and uncomfortable, they really have a way of hindering communication.  Losing the ability to see someone’s lips makes communicating harder.  If you’re trying to converse with someone that speaks a different language, things get even harder.

Enter Donut Robotics, a Japanese company that specializes in robots. They are developing C-Face, a smart mask that connects to your smartphone, offering transcription and language translation in eight languages.

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Per their website:

“C-FACE” was developed with the concept of “C”, which is five.
​          Clear voice,
          Connect with smartphone,
          Cool design,
          Clean material,
          Combat with Coronavirus.

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The mask is worn by connecting C-Face to a traditional mask with elastic ear bands. C-Face will contain some sort of battery power source.

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The mask will connect with your smartphone and pop up realtime transcription and translation.

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Their website contains demo videos in both Japanese and English. The website itself is in Japanese, so you’ll need a browser plug-in to translate unless you can read Japanese.

They are expected to ship in January 2021 for 3890 yen, or about $37 US. They will also have a monthly fee and a usage fee based on the amount of translation.

To learn more, visit their C-Face page here. They even provide a link for advanced reservations for C-Face.

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