日本推最強「智慧型口罩」! 網驚:「這功能太神」|Japanese startup launches smart ‘C-Mask’

Photo courtesy of Donut Robotics website

【看CP學英文】自從疫情爆發後,口罩已漸漸融入生活日常,日本一間專做機器人的新創公司Donut Robotics研發出一款連網後可發送訊息、還能夠將日文翻譯成八國語言的「智慧型口罩」。

As face masks have become the norm amid the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed an Internet-connected “smart mask” that can transmit messages and translate from Japanese into eight other languages.

這款白色塑膠外形的口罩「C-FACE」為標準尺寸,符合大眾臉型,戴上智慧型口罩,透過藍芽與手機、平板app連線後,可以將語音轉為文字訊息、打電話、甚至還能將自己聲音放大。

The white plastic C-Mask fits over standard face masks and connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone and tablet application that can transcribe speech into text messages, make calls, or amplify the wearer’s voice.

號稱世界第一能與智慧型手機結合的口罩,Donut Robotics執行長 Taisuke Ono表示公司將研發多年的機器人與新科技結合打造出此產品。

Marketed as the world’s first “smart mask that works with smartphones,” Donut Robotics chief executive Taisuke Ono said that the company had “worked hard for years to develop a robot and used that technology to create [this] product.” 

據外媒報導,在新冠肺炎疫情下為了拯救公司,工程師們構想出智慧型口罩的樣本,如今已製造出第一批五千多片C-FACE口罩,預計在9月初送至日本買家手上。公司未來也計畫將口罩銷售至中國、美國和歐洲。

Donut Robotics’ engineers came up with the idea for the mask as they searched for a product to help the company survive the pandemic. It has been reported that the first batch of  5,000 c-masks will be shipped to buyers in Japan starting in September with the company looking to sell in China, the United States and Europe in the near future. 

C-Face口罩目前定價約為新台幣1,200元(美金$40),而Ono表示希望藉由使用者訂閱方式增加公司收益。

At about US$40 per mask, Ono expressed hope to generate revenue from subscriber services.

同時,Ono已在計劃未來將C-Face口罩升級,支援虛擬實境等功能,成為新型通訊裝置。

Meanwhile, Ono has plans to expand image systems of the face masks so that AR and VR can be supported and used as a new communication device in the future.

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