Are you wearing a face mask right now? Probably yes. Here is another option for you when it comes to this necessity. Will.i.am, American rapper, together with Honeywell and Ironhead Studios (creator of Black Panther and Batman suits), introduced your not so ordinary face mask. It is a tech-driven mask that features filtration system, audio and microphone capabilities, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Since the start of pandemic, face masks has been a staple accessory for all of us. Aside from it’s protection, it has evolved from the basic design to an accessory of anyone. You might have seen masks of all size and shapes, all colors and designs, and this one is something that you probably haven’t seen before.
The Story Behind the Mask
The idea started way back March 2020 while Will.i.am is travelling on a plane from London amid the pandemic. He thought to himself, ‘Let’s make a mask for the traveler”.
Will.i.am observed that masks were never created for daily use, more so with travelling. With this, he came with an idea to create a mask fit for a traveler like him.
‘Let’s make a mask for the traveler,’ because the masks that we have were never intended for daily use … not for people to interface with tech, headphones and phones. People take off their mask and the earbuds fall out.”
This statement explains the personal experience and observation that Will.i.am had, paving way for him to create this tech-driven mask. Aside from the features that a traveler need, there is another purpose why this mask was created.
Paving way for Black Tech Innovators
Aside from all these features making this tech-driven mask one of a kind. Will.i.am added how he sees this product as more than its use. He tells Hollywood Reporter that this launch is a great example to use for Black tech innovators.
Will.i.am explains how rare and few Black entrepreneurs are in the world of technology. He reiterates how blessed and thrilled he is, together with, Honeywell, to penetrate the tech field. He added that as he helps and teaches kids computer science, robotics, and engineering, it shows that good ideas are needed though there are only a few people like him to be in this field. And this partnership will definitely boost and help those kids he support.
Are you interested?
As described by The Hollywood Reporter, Xupermask will be available April 8 for $299, outfitted with three dual-speed fans and a Honeywell high-efficiency particulate-arresting (HEPA) air filtration system. Not only that, it also features a noise-canceling audio and microphone capabilities. Users can also enjoy the function of Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and LED day glow lights.
If you think this is the face mask for you, you may also be interested to choose between their two color schemes — white/gray/orange and black/black/orange. It also comes in two sizes, a carrying case, three-month supply of HEPA filters, ear tips and USB-C charging cable. Its battery life will lasts for seven hours perfect for long drive or trip going home.
What else do you need from a face mask?