To start off, Razer will place 20 machines at various malls and co-working spaces over the next few weeks. To pick up a mask, the company says that users will have to download its digital wallet app and scan a QR code at the vending machine.
The plan is to give all Singaporean adult residents one free surgical mask — adding up to about 5 million in total, according to the company. Once the program kicks off, more locations may be added.
“However, [the company] has been inundated by requests due to an extreme shortage of face masks … particularly in Southeast Asia,” it added.
In response, the firm set up an automated factory in Singapore last month to churn out about 5 million surgical masks monthly.
It’s now taking those plans another step further, with the goal of manufacturing as many as 10 million masks a month. The increased production is to “ensure a continuous resupply” in Singapore, the company said.
The new vending machines aim to “ensure that the public always has access to masks when out and about,” for instance if someone forgets to bring one from home, the company said.
But not everyone is impressed.
“But if you think about it — this is the only way we’ll be able to ensure there’s no free for all on the masks … We’re funding this completely ourselves and would like to ensure there’s no fraud.”