As COVID-19 begins to cool down and vaccines run rampant in society, people are turning back to reliable disposable masks instead of going out to buy expensive fashions. However, I don’t think the big corporations get this memo, as many companies have released high-tech variants lately.

As a fashion major, I put on my trendy glasses and looked at some of these crazy, futuristic masks. Here’s what I think of them.

I’m NOT your dad, I’m your doctor






will.i.am

Masks from Honeywell and will.i.am




William Adams, or will.i.am, founder and leader of the Black Eyed Peas, released SUPER DURABLE MASK on April 8. This flashy smart mask features Bluetooth, LED lights, noise-cancelling headphones, microphone, three-speed fan, HEPA filter, seven hours of battery life, and a magnetic headphone plug system. XUPERMASK has a pretty attractive price of $299.99 and sold out almost immediately. Their website promises a second drop soon, so you should start asking for overtime now.

I admit that this mask looks dope. I would feel like a modern-day Darth Vader crammed into the grocery store or anywhere else where social distancing and germs are needed. FDA has not approved this face covering, but they have allowed it to be used by the public and healthcare professionals in an emergency. Imagine you went for a checkup and saw this bad boy with your doctor.

You will need ChapStick with this mask






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Razer Mask




In January, a gaming software company called Razer revealed plans to make face masks. Although they haven’t released it yet, their website promises it will be awesome. Named Project Hazel, this mask will have a transparent front, built-in speakers, microphones, bacterial filtering devices similar to N95 surgical masks, and color lights that activate in the dark. The mask is also sustainable with the rechargeable disc ventilator. A rechargeable ventilator sounds a bit sketchy, and I haven’t found any FDA-approved claims on the design yet, but it’s a good idea.

I’m a bit off by the headphones. They look like they’re sure to dig in after a day of use. My pale, peeling ears would be unmatched. I also think it’s ironic that a game company is releasing a mask that promises to be perfect for social occasions with a transparent front, since gamers are the hardest people to get close to ever. . Also, gamers often get chapped lips when they grind their teeth – believe me, in high school I was a full-fledged gamer, and didn’t have time for ChapStick. This mask will fully show that feature.

You won’t need plastic surgery anymore






wall mask

Mask Blanc




Back in November, a team of IT experts designed a full-coverage mask called Blanc. Okay, full disclosure, I laughed out loud when I first saw this piece. Blanc is divided into two symmetrical pieces with magnets attached to cover your entire face. There’s also a strap that loops behind your head to keep the accessory in place. It contains multiple HEPA filters to protect the wearer from any external particles and features an airtight design that conforms to your face throughout the day. The visor strip is tinted so you can see out, but no one can. If I robbed a bank, I would definitely buy this. They’re also pretty cheap; a pack of two is only $149.

Blanc’s website claims it’s the perfect mask for a blind date. I don’t know about you, but if I saw my blind date show up in this outfit, I’d go to the bathroom and climb out the window. I guess this mask will come in handy if I’m having a bad day, which happens a lot.

“Oh, don’t worry, I’m listening”, I’ll say while wearing this






translator mask

Donut Robotics Mask




Japanese startup Donut Robotics has created a mask add-on called C-FACE in January. The C-FACE can be placed over any mask and can record and text chats over Bluetooth, make calls, and amplify the wearer’s voice. While the C-FACE masks are currently only available in Japan, the company promises to release them worldwide soon. They only cost about $37.

This mask is one of the best I’ve reviewed, but it’s still great. I always forget what people tell me, but with this, I can record everything, daydream, and listen to the conversation later. It’s also minimalistic, so it’ll look like you’re wearing a normal mask rather than a high-tech gadget.

My shopping finger is desperate to buy one of these COVID-19 protective gear. Honestly, a hoodie with a Blanc mask looks really neat. I will no longer be Katherine, but rather, I will be Ine, the faceless motorcyclist. Unfortunately, I had to pay my electric bill, so I just decided to go out and buy ChapStick.

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