Remote Controlled Mask, Eat Without Removing It

Meir Gitelis, co-developer of an Israeli company, eats while wearing a mask fitted with a mechanical mouth that opens to enable diners to eat without taking it off, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, at Avtipus Patents and Inventions lab in Or Yehuda, Israel May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israeli inventors developed a new coronavirus mask with a remote control mouth. This lets wearers eat food without requiring them to remove the masks. Moreover, this device could make eating at a restaurant, less risky.
This new mask has a lever which operates like a cyclist operates a handbrake. Further, upon squeezing the lever, a slot gets opened in the front of the mask that lets the food pass through.
However, it would not work efficiently with sauces or icecreams, but with solid foods, it works marvellously.

The Vice president of Avtipus Patents and Inventions, Asaf Gitelis, said that the mask could be opened automatically or mechanically. On Monday, he demonstrated the device at its offices near Tel Aviv. He further said that after eating the food, upon taking the fork out, the slot would be closed.

The company informed the manufacturing of masks will start within months. They had already submitted a patent. It further said that the selling price of this new mask will range from 3 to 10 sekel i.e. $0.85 to $2.85, above the price of the simple pale blue medical masks many Israelis wear.

Differed Opinions For Remote Control Mask

Outside a Juice Bar in Tel Aviv, Reuters showed customers a cellphone video of the mask in action. The opinion of customers varied. Ofir Hameiri, a 32-year-old, graduate student, thinks that this mask is a must-have as it allows to eat without removing it.

Ron Silberstein, a 29-year-old musician differed to what Ofir said. He said that eating ice-cream with this mask would be messy and he would not wear it again.
Israel has largely reopened its economy after a dramatic drop in cases of the novel coronavirus. However, restaurants are open only for takeout for the time being.

The numbers of confirmed novel coronavirus cases globally have reached 4.9 million. 1.69 million people have recovered from the coronavirus with 323k deaths globally, so far.


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