You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

An Israeli company created a remotely controlled face mask that can be worn while eating — here's what it's like

Business Insider logoBusiness Insider 19/05/2020 (Mary Meisenzahl)
a man holding a glass of wine: Remote controlled mask. Reuters © Reuters Remote controlled mask. Reuters
  • An Israeli company created a face mask design that can be worn while eating, maybe for future restaurant trips. 
  • The mask is controlled by a lever, which opens and closes the mouth.
  • The company reportedly plans to begin manufacturing the masks within a few months.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The coronavirus pandemic is changing everything about daily life — maybe even how we eat.

In Pictures: Modern politicians fantastically re-imagined in famous portrait paintings (Pocket Lint)

Israeli company Avtipus Patents and Inventions unveiled a design for a mask that can be worn while eating, Eli Berlzon at Reuters reported. The mask is controlled by a handheld lever, which opens or closes the mouth opening, but it could also open automatically when a fork comes near it, according to company VP Asaf Gitelis.

"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," he told Reuters. As Reuters noted, the mask doesn't seem suited for sauces or soups, but solid food could work, as demonstrated in the photos. 

The company told Reuters that it plans to begin manufacturing the masks within a few months, priced between $0.85 and $2.85 above standard medical masks. Prices vary, but blue medical masks sell for between $20 and $30 for 50 masks on Amazon.

As parts of the world start to reopen from full coronavirus lockdowns, the masks could be a potential solution. The Hong Kong restaurant group leading the pack in reopening guidelines recommends masks for both servers and customers, though masks would still be removed to eat. While some chains in the US are planning to reopen dining rooms in states where they are allowed, they will be limited to 25% or 50% capacity in most places, and many businesses are requiring masks for customers. 

a hand holding a glass with a blue background: Remote controlled mask. Reuters

Remote controlled mask. Reuters
© Reuters

Read the original article on Business Insider


Stay at home as much as possible to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.


More From Business Insider

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon