The BBC this week reported on a remote controlled face mask invented in Israel that allows wearers to eat food without taking it off.
The mask can be opened mechanically by a hand remote or automatically when the fork reaches the mask.
Designed to make eating at restaurants safer, the mask operates much like a handbrake on a bicycle. The user pulls a lever which creates an opening in the front of the mask so that food can pass through.
Asaf Gitelis, Vice President of Avtipus Patents and Inventions said: “The mask will be opened mechanically by hand remote or automatically when the fork is coming to the mask. Then you can eat, enjoy, drink and you take out the fork and it will be closed, and you’re protected against the virus and other people sitting with you”.
The company said it plans to start manufacturing the mask in the next few months and had already asked for a patent. It said it would likely sell from $0.85 to $2.85 more than the price of the simple, blue medical masks many Israelis wear.
Click here to watch the BBC report.