Japanese startup Donut Robotics designs smart masks that connect to phones via bluetooth. The face mask, called ‘C-Mask,’ can be worn over regular, fabric-based masks. It connects to an app via Bluetooth, enabling it to transcribe speech to text messages, which are sent via the user’s smartphone. It can also translate from Japanese into eight other languages and amplify the user’s voice, in case they are not heard through the mask.

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