In these pandemic times, it's no surprise that technology is making its way into face coverings.
At last month's CES virtual conference, U.K.-based telecommunication company Binatone showed the MaskFone, claiming it to be the world's first wireless headphone and mask combination.
Along with the mask, which includes a replaceable medical-grade N95 filter, there are built-in (and removable) microphone and wireless earbuds — allowing you to make a hands-free call or listen to music without removing your mask.
The mask is made with durable machine-washable twill fabric. The filters will last up to 200 hours before a replacement is required.
But what makes the MaskFone a talking item is the rechargeable electronic technology. The wireless Bluetooth earbuds produce decent sound and will be good for up to 12 hours of playtime before a USB charge is needed. The MaskFone is also IPX5 water-resistant rated.
The integrated and removable microphone lives in a pocket inside the mask along with the controls, which line up with matching symbols on the outside. Access to voice assistants is done by double-clicking the play button.
When the mask needs to be washed, the earbuds, controls and microphone are easily removed. (maskfone.com, $50)