What you need to know
- Binatone has launched a mask with a built-in mic and earphones.
- The mask features media controls and a pocket for PM2.5 filters.
- Users can order MaskFone with included PM2.5 filters for $50.
With CES 2021 going virtual due to the ongoing pandemic, there's a lot of focus on how companies can improve our lives while many of us are working from home or just sheltered in place. Samsung's latest updates to its TVs add new health features that make it easy to workout at home with an AI-assisted trainer, and the new Lenovo Tab P11 is the perfect Android tablet for families on a budget. The latest product announcement from UK telecom company, Binatone, is probably one of the most simple yet ingenious pieces of tech to come out of CES ― and it's a mask.
The new Binatone MaskFone seeks to address one issue that many of us have, and it's getting around muffled voices when having a phone conversation out in public spaces. As important as it is today to wear masks to keep from spreading Covid-19, it can make having conversations difficult whether it's in person or on the phone. MaskFone's solution is as simple as embedding a mic and earbuds into your mask.
The mask is made of a water-resistant, breathable, and washable fabric, and includes a pocket for PM2.5 filters that are used to block out harmful particles and pollutants. It connects to your smartphone wirelessly and even has one-touch voice-activation for Google Assistant. In addition to the embedded mic and earbuds, the mask also has control buttons on the side, and the Hubble Connect app can be used to boost the user's voice.
The company states that besides helping people communicate better while using masks, keeping your phone from being exposed was another inspiration for the mask. It will hopefully give you fewer reasons to take out your phone and constantly have to sanitize it using any one of the best ultraviolet phone cleaners.
The MaskFone is available now for $50 on the company website (opens in new tab), and can also be found on Amazon. There may be a wait, as current shipping times estimate for mid-March. Or if you're looking for something flashier, you can always go for one of Razer's new concept masks with RGB Chroma lighting.
People having trouble hearing you on the phone because of your mask? MaskFone is the ideal solution to keep your voice from sounding muffled with its integrated mic and earpiece that should keep you sounding crystal clear, while also keeping you protected.
- $50 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
Interesting idea. The real question for me is how well it will hold up on the wash. Also, the controls should be on the ear buds, not the mask, so you can avoid touching the mask all together.
You're half right, no one asked for this.
Headset embedded in mask seems better than the same headset and same mask not combined, but it would have to be pretty good at both to make it worth giving up the ability to mix and match. I haven't had any complaints just using a plantronics 5200 like always. I use It would have to have pretty solid audio processing to be worth wearing.
I came up with this idea probably in April or May. Can't believe someone is actually making it.
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