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CES showed off the COVID-19 mask gimmick arms race – The Verge

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We need better masks
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Millions of people in the US started buying face masks in 2020, and companies, unsurprisingly, rushed to take advantage of the surge of demand for a new product. At CES 2021, the gadget-ification of the mask was on full display. Leading the pack was Razers transparent voice-amplifying, light-up concept mask. AirPop promoted its Active+ Smart Mask, which monitors users breathing rates and alerts them via a smartphone app when the masks…

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