October 17, 2021

These super-realistic face masks, made by a small company in rural Japan, are in huge demand from domestic tech and entertainment industries to countries as far away as Saudi Arabia.

The 300,000-yen (2,650 US dollars) mask is made of resin and plastic, in an attempt to accurately duplicate an individual’s face down to fine wrinkles and skin texture.

The company, based in the western prefecture of Shiga, receives about 100 orders every year from entertainment, automobile, technology and security companies, mainly in Japan.

For example, a Japanese car company ordered a mask of a sleeping face to improve its facial recognition technology to detect if a driver had dozed off, Reuters reported.

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