Will.i.am, the musician and member of the pop-rap group Black Eyed Peas, announced this week his partnership with tech company Honeywell to manufacture and release a high-tech face mask called the Xupermask (so͞opərmask). The Honeywell x Will.i.am Xupermask is a game-changing, high-concept face technology designed to help users meet mid- and post-pandemic world face mask guidelines without compromising style. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Xupermask includes noise-canceling earbuds, LED lights, and a HEPA filtration system. Will.i.am said his mask aims to solve common issues associated with everyday mask-wearing, including the fogging up of eyeglasses, skin irritation, and unintelligible speech. “What I saw out there in the world was people had loose-fitted masks, and they had earbuds,” the rapper and entrepreneur said. “When they got phone calls, they took the mask off and the earbuds fell on the floor, then the mask fell on the floor, and then the whole point was pointless because everything got dirty.”
Xupermask features a custom head strap to ensure a snug fit, replaceable filters that can be swapped out every 30 days, a HEPA filtration system, and three dual-speed fans for air circulation inside the mask. John Waldron, CEO of Honeywell’s Safety and Product Solutions, said “This particular Xupermask has a very unique patented filter design, which we’re very proud of that brings top-notch filtration without sacrificing usability or fashion. I think we tried to blend the best of both worlds.” The Xupermask boasts up to seven hours of battery life and is available in white/gray/orange and black/black/orange. Honeywell will begin shipping the Xupermask in the U.S. on April 8th.
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