Steve January 12, 2021
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Razer announced the Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 laptops with Nvidia’s latest GTX 30 series GPUs today. However, as is the case during every CES, the company also has a few concepts to show off. Last year, the company debuted a concept esports setup that included a chair and a couple of projectors. This year, however, the company is showing off – albeit virtually – a concept smart mask and an immersive gaming setup – both with Chroma RGB.

Yes, the company has made a smart mask that houses Chroma RGB lighting. Project Hazel, as the firm calls it, is an advanced N95 face mask that uses detachable and rechargeable active ventilators and Smart Pods that “that regulate airflow for optimal breathability”, adding that its “high bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) Smart Pods filter at least 95% of airborne particles”. These ventilators can easily be recharged and sanitized in an included wireless fast charging box with UV-light.

The mask features a transparent design to let others see users’ facial expressions even in the dark, thanks to its interior lights. It also comes with a new – yet to be patented – Razer VoiceAmp Technology that uses a microphone in the mask to amplify users’ speech. Additionally, the exterior of the mask features RGB lighting for “extra user entertainment and style” and supports dynamic lighting effects.

The company says that the design, along with adjustable ear loops, makes it a comfortable yet air-tight fit for users. It adds that the product will “continue [to] be optimized through rigorous testing and user feedback”, and that it is a part of the firm’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The other concept that Razer is showing off this year is Project Brooklyn, an immersive gaming chair with impressive credentials. Along with its Chroma RGB lighting and a carbon fiber build, the chair houses a 60-inch OLED rollout display, includes tactile feedback in the seats, “4D armrests that roll out into adjustable peripheral tables”, and offers complete cable routing through the back.

Project Brooklyn takes design cues from some of the firm’s own products such as the Iskur chair and the Raptor monitor. The rollout display is mounted in the chair’s “backbone” and can be deployed via the touch of a button. The “full surround” OLED screen allows for an immersive gaming experience, the firm says. Other features such as Razer Hypersense, the company’s haptic feedback technology shown off during CES 2019, collapsible armrests that can adapt to users’ needs, and a leather-stitched seat back with a carbon fiber frame delivers a “one-of-a-kind gameplay experience”, says Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer.

The concept chair will also go through a range of tests and further development. Razer aims to benchmark the product’s feasibility and performance to improve the offering. While it does mention that costs for current all-in-one chairs are “astronomical”, there is no hint on what the cost of Project Brooklyn could be if it ever makes it to the market. Regardless, it is a cool concept nonetheless.

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