Charlotte’s Honeywell teams up with rapper for pandemic-era release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Early on in the pandemic, Honeywell International Inc. made headlines for its efforts to ramp up production of personal protective equipment, even hosting then-President Donald Trump for a factory visit. The Charlotte-based industrial technology conglomerate also came up with devices to help venues with monitoring air quality and to allow commercial buildings to do temperature checks in the Covid-19 era. And its chief executive played a key role in devising plans for mass vaccination events in the region.

Now, the company is back in the news for its latest pandemic-inspired invention — a high-tech face mask developed in partnership with Will.i.am, a rapper, entrepreneur and founder of the musical group Black Eyed Peas.

Dubbed the Xupermask, the device costs $299 and drops tomorrow, according to a press release on Honeywell’s website. It has built-in headphones, LED lights, fans and a HEPA filtration system, among other features.

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