Razer is expecting to revolutionize the act of gaming after sharing multiple innovative projects at CES 2021, which all became the highlights of the four day virtual event. The gadget to receive the most attention was Razer’s Project Brooklyn cockpit-style gaming chair, complete with foldable OLED display.
At first glance, the gaming chair has the look of a usual carbon fiber seat, one which looks like it belongs inside of a flying car while being accentuated by RGB lights. But once the 60-inch panoramic screen deploys from the back of the chair, Project Brooklyn goes from being just a gaming chair to becoming a “fully immersive gaming experience.”
Players of next-gen consoles will not only be able to game with detailed visuals, but will also experience vibrating haptic feedback from in-game character movement and sequences. Razer unveiled their Hypersense technology at CES 2019 to show how a player will be able to feel the force of jumps, explosions, and gunshots all while sitting in a chair. It aims to turn the stationary gaming experience into a full-fledged theme park ride.
Players also have the option to easily switch from console to playing on mouse and keyboard with modular 4D armrests providing a collapsible table between them. There is also no doubt that this chair will have a role in revolutionizing the movie-watching experience on top of just gaming. With a fully immersive screen along your line of sight, not that much is going to stop you from becoming one of those blobby humans from WALL-E.
But despite how exciting the implications of this chair’s design are, Project Brooklyn is nothing more than a concept design pitch. We currently don’t have access to the technology required to create bendable OLED screens capable of high visuals. Razer is looking far into the future in order to let us know what is to come eventually.
The other product concepts Razer unveiled at CES 2021 are considerably more practical by today’s standards. Razer announced the all-new Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17. The Razer Blade 15 is one of the top gaming laptops on the market and is lauded for its incredible levels of performance. Given its history of success with previous laptop models, Razer can expect splendid levels of success with the new and improved models.
But Razer wasn’t done with surprises just yet. One other timely product that garnered a lot of buzz at the event was the Project Hazel smart mask.
The sleek look of the mask makes it look like face gear that you could apply to your Cyberpunk 2077 character. Project Hazel operates with a tremendous amount of safety in that it is designed as a surgical N95 respirator with high bacterial filtration efficiency. It is capable of filtering 95% of airborne particles and is sterilized using a case lined with UV light.
People often complain about the restricting amount of airflow the masks they currently use are causing, which is why Razer made sure that Project Hazel has optimized airflow to prevent CO2 buildup while sealing off your mouth from outside air. The smart mask is designed for comfort and is incredibly durable to any type of resistance.
The fun aspects about the mask are that the mask is transparent enough to allow others to see your mouth, there are RGB lights that can help you express yourself in the dark, and a built-in mic that allows you to speak clearly without having your speech muffled by wearing a mask. I’m hoping that there is a setting for the mic to let me sound like Kylo Ren, but I won’t blame Razer for not including that.
With this hefty collection of futuristic gadgets and gizmos, Razer became the talk of the town at CES 2021. Outside of the new additions to the Razer line of gaming laptops, we won’t be able to lounge in a fully immersive gaming chair or sport glowing N95 masks in the immediate future. These might even be products that sadly never see the light of day. But who knows for sure?